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Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,

“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

“To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,

“To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

“For when we come home, either standing or dead,

“To know you remember we fought and remember we bled,

“Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,

“That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”