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I Did Not Take the Oath

I did not take the oath; I did not raise my hand.

All I did was have a child who grew to be that man.

He did his job with honor; his men he led with pride.

He was not afraid to fight; he was not afraid to die.

The baby I held in my arms, the boy who became a man,

He put himself in danger in a foreign land.

He said not to worry; he said, “I will come home.”

Those words come back to haunt me… Spoken over a phone.

The knock on the door is always just a moment ago;

The tears in my eyes, the pain that breaks my soul

For I did not take the oath; I did not raise my hand.

All I did was raise a child who grew to be that man.

The baby that I held, the child I watched grow

Filled my heart with so much joy as only mothers can know

The memories of his life will stay with me forever.

The connection of our hearts can never be severed.

He is now a fallen hero and I a Gold Star Mother,

Because he gave his life for the protection of others.

But I did not take the oath; I did not raise my hand.

All I did was raise a boy who grew to be that man.

Linda Lamie, surviving mother of Sgt Gene Lamie

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