May is the month we say thank you again,

to our uniformed troops, both women and men.

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To their families, their husbands, their kids and their wives,

for their service, their sacrifice and sometimes their lives.

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We pay homage abound for their sleepless nights,

as they move and deploy to protect all our rights.

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Their spouses are strong and take care of all things,

they deal with Murphy and all that he brings.

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They postpone their career, their dreams, and their vision,

to fly solo most times for the sake of the mission.

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Their kids are no different, are resilient in spades,

but that sure doesn’t mean that they don’t have hard days.

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They work to stay strong and count down the days,

but in military life, nearly everyone pays.

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They keep going to school, play with friends and stay true,

but be sure to remember that Mil-Kids serve too.

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Last but not least, our loved ones who serve;

past, present and future they lend us their nerve.

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They deploy for our country, sometimes gone very long.

Currently gone are 300,000 strong.

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They’ve chosen this life and have risked limb and neck,

made the conscious decision to sign that blank check.

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United we stand and divided we fall,

so let’s also remember those troops who gave all.

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If you’re really not sure what to say to these folks,

and your words seem to get all caught in your throat…

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Just look up and smile and reach for their hand;

and say “thank you for always protecting this land,”

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Say, “thank you for all of your nights without rest,

and for being the one always put to the test.”

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“Thank you for everything, all that you do.

My family is safer and its all thanks to you.”

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Active, retired, reserve, guard or vet,

Let us think of them always and never forget.

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