mountains tall and strong, my valleys lush and vast,
plains wide and fruitful, My Rivers rushing to the oceans that embrace my
am the beacon of hope, the bastion of freedom.
give safe harbor to all who flee any tyranny.
will endure long after those, who seek to destroy me, have departed this earth.
have gladly given the blood and lives, of my young and my old,
protect the basic human freedoms of my friends and my enemies.
am an American.
am every ethnicity, every religion, and none.
am tall and short, male and female, adult and child.
am proud of my country and all her accomplishments.
I have made mistakes, I acknowledge them, I am contrite.
I will not cower before those who seek to destroy that which I have labored and
will turn the other cheek, As I have many times before,
now only to gauge the distance of my enemies jaw.
am bloody, bruised and wounded, But I am not dead.
am mad and, once again, in defense of my democracy,
will destroy my enemies.
"The Pointman" Sorrell
3/5, 3d Plt., RVN 1967-1968
Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (retired)