November 14, 2002 - Issue: Vol. 148, No. 147 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 2nd Session
THE POEM ``I AM A VETERAN''; Congressional Record Vol. 148, No. 147
(Extensions of Remarks - November 14, 2002)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2037] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] THE POEM ``I AM A VETERAN'' ______ HON. STEVE ISRAEL of new york in the house of representatives Thursday, November 14, 2002 Mr. ISRAEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise to share with you the words of Rabbi Paul Swerdlow, one of my constituents. Rabbi Swerdlow's poem ``I Am a Veteran'' conveys his love for his country. I am most grateful for his dedicated service to securing our freedom. I Am a Veteran I am a veteran. I shivered that cold winter in Valley Forge And rejoiced at the glorious surrender at Yorktown. I wept at the flames that engulfed Washington And said ``never again.'' I wore blue and bled red. I wore gray and bled red. The blood I spilled was to reunite a nation Of the people, by the people and for the people I am a veteran. I was at Little Big Horn and I prayed; I was at Wounded Knee and I prayed; I prayed that one day the old Americans And the new Americans would be one people. I was there to charge up the hill at San Juan; Knowing that my country was emerging Beyond its borders. I was prepared to make the world safe for democracy. Young and idealistic, I came to France To turn back the hordes in this war to end all wars. I am a veteran. It was with disbelief that I became A part of the day which will live in infamy. Once more I said goodbye to those I loved To protect my country. Across the vast desert I met the enemy. I met him on island after island. I kept my promise to return. I met him on the beaches of Normandy. I repelled him from the gates of Bastogne. I freed thousands from the shadow of death. I am a veteran. A small nation cried out for help And I came because others had been there for me. A nation was saved. I felt the agony of defeat in the jungles of a distant land. BUt I held my head high When another people cried out, I again put on my uniform to save them from tyranny. Today I remain ready to pledge my life, My property, my sacred honor, Until there will be peace and freedom on earth For everyone, everywhere. I am a veteran. ____________________