As the Torch Is Passed...
When the old seasoned Army soldier retires, there are many messages he can share with the younger generation coming behind him and this tender reflection of An Old Soldier's Prayer offers a beautiful way for the retiring soldier to be honored while assuring the younger and newer generation realize the sacrifices of the past. Written with a colorful slant by Lewis Millet, the Army Prayer for Retired Soldiers offers a colorful and thought-provoking look at what it has meant to serve in the Army.
The prayer reads: "I have fought when others feared to serve. I have gone where others failed to go. I've lost friends in war and strife, Who valued Duty more than love of life.
I have shared the comradeship of pain. I have searched the lands for men that we have lost. I have sons who served this land of liberty, Who would fight to see that other stricken lands are free.
I have seen the weak forsake humanity. I have heard the traitors praise our enemy. I've seen challenged men become even bolder, I've seen the Duty, Honor, Sacrifice of the Soldier.
Now I understand the meaning of our lives, The loss of comrades not so very long ago. So to you who have answered duties siren call, May God bless you my son, may God bless you all. -Lewis Millett"
Add a name or short message to the bottom of the plaque to make it personally your own and to recognize the gift of those who served... those who fought... and those who made a difference in the world!