Before I retired, I worked at a college in southern California. Because of its proximity to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, many returning Marines enrolled in the college. I supervised the Veteran's Center and got to know them well. That experience remains a highlight of my lengthy higher education career. The manifest courage of these young men and women, both in the field and on campus, was extraordinary. Many returned with visible injuries, but all suffered the invisible PTSD.
Thank you to all who have served, to all who dared to dream of freedom. God Bless You All.
Below is my tribute poem, a response to a prompt by Colleen Chesebro. She asked that poets write a butterfly cinquain (2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2) and include a color, one perhaps, that readers could taste.