Poem, Musician Pay Tribute To Veterans

One of the greatest privileges that our family has enjoyed since we began performing in Branson, Mo., is meeting the Veterans who come to our show every single day. I have spoken with many of these men and women over the years, and I have discovered time and time again that some of the most amazing and inspiring stories of sacrifice and service to our country come from people, who, without their uniforms, appear to be just like you and me.

They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages and backgrounds, yet they share one very important bond – military service to the greatest country on earth. Behind each of their faces and in each of their hearts is a story that most likely has gone untold or unheralded. Most of them believe that their contribution was small – just part of their duty – but it is these individual efforts that have combined into a mighty force for freedom. These stories, in combination, make up the bigger story of America itself – a story of courage, sacrifice, faith, honor, love and the commitment to preserve and protect -precious liberties.

The poem “I am a Veteran” was written to pay tribute to those who have “written this story.” Each line or phrase in the poem is the voice of one of these men or women; each represents an actual person whom I have met or have been told about. The poem is not about one Veteran, but each and all of them. The words represent only a sampling of the diverse experiences of our Veterans – it would be impossible to cover them all. It is intended to symbolize the sacrifice of all Veterans and to honor them for the service each of them performed.

The poem was also written to encourage anyone who reads or hears it to become more aware of each man or woman they encounter in their everyday comings and goings. This asks them to think, “Maybe he or she is a Veteran. Maybe he or she had a part in securing my freedoms. Maybe this ‘common’ person has performed uncommon service in my behalf.”

If so, the ground we share in our daily walk is truly sacred ground.

I have been told by many Veterans that my poem has given them a voice. This is the highest compliment I could possibly receive. It is an honor to speak for any of these noble men and women who have given so much. It is with deepest gratitude and humility that I offer “I am a Veteran” as my gift to these great Americans.

Andrea-bw-frameAuthor Andrea Brett is a member of The Bretts, a performing family that for the last 16 years has made Branson, Mo. their home. Andrea was the visionary behind the creation of the “Bretts For Vets” program. Currently her son-in-law is in the Air National Guard, and she has a nephew in the U.S. Air Force Combat search and rescue division. She has long had a special place for Veterans.

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6 Comments to “Poem, Musician Pay Tribute To Veterans”

  1. I AM IN ABSOLUTE AGREEMENT WITH THE IDEA OF “BRETTS FOR VETS” IT IS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE FOR US NON-MILITARY, (FORMER MILITARY) TO THANK THEM ENOUGH. I DO ONE SMALL THING TO TRY, HOWEVER, AND THAT IS TO WORK WITH THE USO AT OUR CENTER AND ON OTHER MILITARY BASED OUTINGS TO HELP. I ONLY HOPE THAT THEY GET AS MUCH OUT OF IT AS DO I.

  2. Lloyd Box says:

    Thank you so much. I am a Vietnam Veteran. One of many our country has forgot. If I ever get to see your program, you will know that I cheer. I AM A VETERAN!

  3. brian cadusch says:

    Not too much to say ,that was OUTSTANDING,god bless them,,allthe way from Aust..Brian

  4. john overla says:

    That was touching all the way. I appreciate the thank yous I get. I belong to American Legions Riders I get thanks every time I wear my vest of patches.
    I would like to say Thanks To All Who appreciate all we have done.
    VIET NAM VET

  5. Robert Galvin says:

    Andrea: I loved the poem and would like to use it at our November Vet’s Day program. Is there a possibility that you might have a CD with this poem that I could purchase? Please do let me know! Robert

  6. This poem goes to all veterans around the world, sad but true this veteran word include our veterans foes. Veterans defended our rights, future, freedom, they were instruments of that time that decided to give up their own life. Most of us will do the same to our children and grandchildren, lucky for us that we enjoy their sacrifices, may these sad memories of them go away with the years. There was this allied soldier who was beaten by a Japanese, now they are friends, they meet and the allied soldier forgive the Japanese, he cant stand to live in hatred forever.. only peace of mind and love prevail in the end…

    I was all veterans good health and great life…