Because You Died For Me

Because you died for me

I will do my best

To be my best.

I will not squander my chance,

To live free.

To live with choice.

To honor your service and your memory.

Because you died for me

I will appreciate

The full life I have.

I will not belittle your sacrifice

By belittling my country

Or spoiling the greatness you believed in.

Because you died for me

I will learn what I can

Of what you went through,

What you suffered,

And what your family lost.

I will not turn my eyes from the lessons before me,

Or behind me.

Because you died for me

I will live in my country with gratitude for it’s very existence-

Owed to you-

And your duty and your honor.

Because you died for me

Thank you is not enough.

Because you died for me

I must live with dignity

For the country you believed in.

And died for.


The very least, and the very most,

That I can do for you,

Is not squander what your death provided me.

And not make a mockery of your sacrifice.

Because you died for me.

Because you died for me.

Because you died for me.

I live free.



Originally written and published 5/24/2013

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20 thoughts on “Because You Died For Me

  1. ksbeth says:

    what a lovely tribute to all of those who sacrificed, and so true –


  2. goldenbrodie says:

    My heart and soul is filled with respect. Thanks for your words.


  3. Memorial Day is so often thought of as just another day off work. Nice that you remember!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Petro Zhou says:

    This one leaves a hollow feeling inside me. Impressive, really!


  5. Debra says:

    It’s so often hard to even warp my head around the depth of sacrifice. Your words are powerful and moving, Colleen.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. reocochran says:

    Thank you, Colleen.This was a very sincere expression of gratitude for those who put their lives on the line for us. Those who have died for us in the military service should be shown appreciation.
    ps. This year it was hard to write a serious post. So much tragedy everywhere and someone made a heartfelt point. “Let this place be one of comfort and positive words.”
    I am grateful for those who did their part by spreading the importance to remember. . .


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