A Part of America Died (adaptation)

This is my adaptation of the famous police officer poem. I changed it so that it fits the armed forces. This is a dedication to the men and women who have, are, or will serve in our armed forces. Thank you!
(I would credit the original poems author except they are Unknown, so thanks to whoever wrote the original.)

"A Part of America Died (soldier's version)"  

Somebody killed a soldier today, 
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
will be buried with him at his side.

The enemy that shot him will fight on in battle,
taking our men in following phase  
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,
and live many long, lonely days.

The street that he patrolled was part of him too,
just as if he'd come home from war.
Though the flag of our nation will fly at half mast,
to his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, somebody killed a soldier today,
in a town just like yours or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
a soldier put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark foreign street,
and he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call, of himself gave his all,
and a part of America died.


Thank you to all who have, are, or will serve in our armed forces!

The End

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