Farewell to Soldiering
'Twas just before Christmas and now it existed
The Army was loosing a senior enlisted.
Time for another to leave soldiering behind
To become a civilian and broaden the mind.
Who will report and counsel and rate?
Assign all the duties and keep soldiers straight?
The gauntlet is laid at the feet of those here,
Pick it up if you dare, and lead without fear.
For Soldiers need leaders to train and prepare
God help you, and guide you, to try to be fair.
One goes and one rises, a tradition so smart
Lead them with passion, conviction, and heart.
In front you must be, in order to lead
If you hold yourself back, you are not the right breed.
Be proud you're a Soldier, on you we depend
Your country still needs you, to stand and defend.
Go now to your duty, I will bid you goodbye
I trust you will train, to standards real high.
For you know not the day nor the hour of life
When you and your soldiers may deal with strife.
Defend me tomorrow, a civilian I'll be
I've given my youth, to help keep us free.
As I hang up the boots to get on with my life
I must thank the Lord, all of you, and my wife.
Goodbye and God Bless, be the best you can be.
It is your selfless service that keeps America Free.