I will be enjoying some time at the park today with folks I care about! Going to take advantage of the sunny and beautiful day. Hopefully, it will last and won't end as a repeat of last night's weather!!
saw him on a park bench I've seen him every day Sitting in a shady grove Where my children come to play Sometimes he feeds the birds and squirrels Or whittles little toys Sometimes he just sits and smiles At the laughing girls and boys And I never paid him any mind 'Till one day just this year I noticed that he wore a frown And on his cheek ... a tear.
Well I asked him why he seemed so down He looked up, began to say I lost half my friends 60 years ago today He told me of the terror As he fought to reach dry land By the time the beachhead was secure Half his friends lay in the sand
That was just in one long day He fought on for 4 years more And the 60 years from then to now Have not dimmed His sights of war
He said they have reunions Just to keep in touch and share And for each comrade who has gone on They leave an empty chair
Well, His park bench has been empty now About 6 months or so And if I'd never took the time Then I never would've known That sitting on that simple bench With bread crumbs and little toys Was a man who gave his all To guarantee my daily joys
So give thanks to all the men and women Who're still here or have gone before And made the highest sacrifice In both Peace time and in War Because they bought our freedom Paid their own blood, sweat, and tears Then endured the heartache of those empty chairs For all these years
So please do not ignore them Or speed by without a care 'Cause you never know When you might pass by A hero, unaware