Impressive is not a big enough word--respect for men and women who have given their ultimate for our freedom--an act that is too big for words.
Tapped heels clicking against the concrete,
sounding like it will crack right through the payment...as they approach the
site to takeover duty.
Gloved hands balancing heavy rifles--clicking and
sliding bolts, looking into the chamber ensuring ammo.
Inspection is very intentional and once
completed, the Master Sergeant assigns the soldier to his post--swapping
positions with the current soldier on duty.
Few words are said yet the drill is emblazoned on
White gloves, black shoes shining...
Creases in blue pants straighter than a ruler.
Shaven heads peak out from underneath hats, bills pulled down over
the nose,keeping their eye on any potential target.
Clean-shaven and pristine--no curls or stubble to ever be found here.
High collars protecting necks that are known sometimes as "leather"...
knowing it could be them in that tomb.
When you're sitting by the pool in the blaze of the summer sun, or running on the beach taking pictures of your kids, or swinging your child back and forth as they squeal and giggle: