The Summer Edition of ON PATROL Magazine is now available online and one of our favorite articles is the Poet’s Corner, which begins on page 60 of the digital and print editions.
We’d like to share with you one of the poems – “Brothers and Sisters” – penned by Sergeant Jack Eubanks, USMC. We hope you’ll take the time to read the rest of the magazine, and if you’re interested in home delivery of an annual subscription, please call 1-888-966-7287.
USO legend Bob Hope performs for Troops in Sicily on a 1943 USO Tour. (Photo reprinted by the USO with permission from the Bob Hope Collection.)
One hundred seven years ago today, Leslie Townes Hope was born in England. You might know him better as Bob. Yes, it’s Bob Hope’s birthday and we’re celebrating by bringing you this special poem, which salutes all of those who have supported the USO and our Troops…
Throughout its noble history
the USO has been there
for America’s brave, honorable ones
who answered our beloved country’s call
on behalf of us all,
standing proudly tall
defending the home of the brave,
and keeping the USA
the land of the free
with oh so many in harm’s way.
The USO has gone and continues to go
with patriotic volunteer entertainers
from legends to new star faces
bringing enjoyable reprieve
to our troops near and far away,
with a message of appreciation, respect, and support
for their valiant duty to country!
The USO truly exemplifies
love and pride of America,
as does all the involved celebrity patriots
with a special salute to those being there
whenever asked like… Bob Hope, Wayne Newton,
Martha Raye, Ann-Margret, Gary Sinise, and Toby Keith.
Thanks for the memories
that you brought to every American troop!
by David G. Bancroft, Founder of USA Patriotism!
Copyright © May 27, 2010 All Rights Reserved
For the bards of the front lines and the word minstrels on the home front, ON PATROL, the magazine of the USO, is seeking combat poetry that captures a service member’s experience both overseas and stateside for an upcoming article. ON PATROL also may include it in its 300,000-circulation magazine!
There are no length or form restrictions, but the work must be original, the author must hold the copyright, and authors grant the USO and ON PATROL the right to reprint in either a print or online format.
Please send submissions to EditorOnPatrol@USO.org by March 30. Include full name, rank and unit number [if applicable] and contact information. Please use the world “combat poetry” in the subject line.
We look forward to being inspired, and so offer a bit of inspiration to get the creative thoughts flowing.
A woman for all seasons
A woman for today.
She grows to meet the challenges
And grows along the way.
Her life is not an easy one
With many loads to bear.
But she proudly serves her husband
And the uniform he wears.
Although she didn’t take the oath
To preserve democracy
She’s there each day on the home front
To keep our country free.
She’s foreign-born or a country girl,
Diversity you will find.
But to be an army wife
It takes a special kind.
She’s one who keeps on going
Through adversity and pain.
She’s the steady, strong foundation
When nothing stays the same.
She’s the one who sheds a tear
As Old Glory passes by,
But couldn’t give a answer
If you were to ask her why.
Throughout the years, she marches on
Through tears and joy and strife.
She’s America’s unsung hero-
She’s a military wife.