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FOR BYRON (Poem written by Janet Norwood to her son, fallen Marine Byron Norwood)
e-mail | Janet Norwood

Posted on 02/04/2005 2:00:26 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue

This is a poem being circulated amongst a group of Marine Moms. It was written by Janet Norwood. She is the woman who, along with her husband, attended the State of the Union Address to represent all families of our fallen heros. She and the Iraqi woman hugged during that very touching moment near the end of the speech.

Admin, if this is a duplicate, please delete. I searched for it several ways and didn't find anything.

For Byron

I've heard the words oft times before -
that "Freedom isn't Free".
But that was long before I knew
how they would impact me.

A baby boy I loved so much -
I watched him learn and grow.
He grew into a strong young man,
how brave - I did not know.

Little League and high school band,
the trumpet, movies, friends -
things he enjoyed as years went by -
I hoped it would not end.

But graduation time came near,
now he was nineteen.
"I'm old enough. I'm ready, Mom,
to become the best Marine!"

Then off to Boot Camp far away,
and with the Crucible done -
His Eagle, Globe and Anchor,
he had finally, proudly won.

Standing tall, his face a beam -
a new United States Marine!

I knew that there were dangers.
My fear I tried to hide,
but the sight of him in uniform
filled my heart with pride.

A clear September morning as I saw the buildings fall,
my brave son was list'ning for his Nation's urgent call.
The world had changed in minutes,
for now we were at war.
"Don't worry, Mom. I'm trained for this.
It's what Marines are for."

He left his home and traveled to a desert far away.
On quiet nights, I'd close my eyes
and I could almost hear him say -
"I love you, Mom, and miss you,
but there's a job I have to do.
As a Marine, now it's my turn
to be protecting you."

Sleepless nights of worry, anxiety and fears;
Praying for his safety and crying countless tears.
Afraid to even think the worst -
the knock upon the door -
Knowing that had happened to other Moms before.

Oh, God, then it happened - the worst did come to pass -
In dark of night, the knock did come
and through the front door's glass -
I see them there in coats of blue with
buttons of bright brass.

I could not hear the words they spoke,
I could only cry and scream -
"This can't be true, this isn't real.
Please tell me it's a dream!"

As minutes turned to hours
and the hours into days,
pain and sadness stretched ahead
in such a foggy haze.

I close my eyes and, once again,
I hear his gentle voice.
"I'm alright, Mom, and I'm still here.
You know it was my choice.

My friends were hurt, I had to try
to get them out of there.
It is the code of honor
that we Marines all share."

I know he had to do it -
He could not walk away.
I'm grateful for the courage
that he displayed that day.

The sorrow's deep inside me -
So much, it seems I've lost.
But he wants me to remember
that Freedom has a cost.

There is no greater gift, they say,
than to lay down one's life for friends.
I will keep his gift in memory
until my life here ends.

I love you, Son, and thank you,
for your special gift to me -
I will always know
That Freedom isn't Free!

By Janet Aston Norwood
Proud Gold Star Mother of
Sgt. Byron Wayne Norwood
KIA Fallujah, Iraq
November 13, 2004

He gave his life to defend Liberty at home and to give the gift of Liberty to the good people of Iraq. Byron, I love you and I will be forever proud and grateful for your sacrifice.
Always,
Mom


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KEYWORDS: byronnorwood; militaryfamilies; norwood; sotu; sotua
A touching tribute from a Gold Star Mother.
1 posted on 02/04/2005 2:00:26 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: RedWhiteBlue

Don't read this without lots of tissue nearby.


2 posted on 02/04/2005 2:03:32 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: RedWhiteBlue

bttt


3 posted on 02/04/2005 2:05:03 PM PST by iceskater
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To: Bahbah

That was a beautiful poem. God be with the Norwoods.


5 posted on 02/04/2005 2:10:04 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: RedWhiteBlue

OMG....I can't see the screen anymore....


6 posted on 02/04/2005 2:10:28 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Bahbah

Too late, I already did and now here sits a grown man with tears in his eyes. God bless this family in their grief.


7 posted on 02/04/2005 2:12:06 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: anniegetyourgun

Yeah, I guess I should have put "tissue allert" or some such thing in the title.


8 posted on 02/04/2005 2:12:15 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: RedWhiteBlue

So beautiful and moving. God bless her and her husband and Byron.


9 posted on 02/04/2005 2:15:34 PM PST by retrokitten
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To: RedWhiteBlue

My heart is tear-stained ...


10 posted on 02/04/2005 2:20:23 PM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: RedWhiteBlue
wow.

wow.

Reading this, I can feel her pain, pride, and sorrow.

Mr. and Mrs. Norwood, thank you. You are in our prayers.
11 posted on 02/04/2005 2:24:58 PM PST by UlmoLordOfWaters
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To: UlmoLordOfWaters
Mr. and Mrs. Norwood, thank you.

My thoughts, too. What a gift. What a sacrifice.

12 posted on 02/04/2005 2:26:46 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: RedWhiteBlue

What a wonderful tribute. I saw Mr and Mrs Norwood on Hanity and Combs. Both of them are a class act all the way.

She says she wrote the letter to President Bush to comfort him.

As long as the United States has parents like this we will stand strong.


13 posted on 02/04/2005 2:26:54 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Certified cause of Post Traumatic Redhead Syndrome)
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To: RedWhiteBlue

Wow! That's beautiful!


14 posted on 02/04/2005 2:31:49 PM PST by jigsaw (Ted Kennedy wants to abandon the Iraqis, just like he did Mary Jo.)
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To: jigsaw

tears here again.


15 posted on 02/04/2005 2:39:29 PM PST by Lovergirl (Terri is not in a coma. She lives. www.terrisfight.org)
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To: RedWhiteBlue
She was articulate and well-spoken in her interviews, but this is a masterpiece.

My heart hurts for her.

16 posted on 02/04/2005 2:43:30 PM PST by mombonn ( íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: Bahbah

No kidding!


17 posted on 02/04/2005 2:46:24 PM PST by Prov3456
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To: bentfeather

Poem!


18 posted on 02/04/2005 2:50:13 PM PST by Radix (Oh look, Mrs McNabb, Mrs McNabb! The Patriots are coming to the Super Bowl.)
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To: Lovergirl

tears here again.

DITTO, HERE! HOW SAD AND BEAUTIFUL!


19 posted on 02/04/2005 2:54:57 PM PST by KATIE-O
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To: Roselani; merry10

sad ping.


20 posted on 02/04/2005 2:56:37 PM PST by Mrs.Liberty (All your TH are belong to us.)
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To: RedWhiteBlue

The answer to:

"Where do we get such men?"


21 posted on 02/04/2005 2:58:31 PM PST by E.Allen
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To: Radix; fish hawk

Dear mother know your son
died with dignity,
honor bound and loyal
was this son to thee

A mother's heart will
forever weep for that
baby son to keep

safe and strong at
his post his life was lost

A mother weeps in her
soul the deep memories
of that son who gave
his all for more than one

Thank you mother for that son
whose life was taken from this realm
a nation weeps, for his loss,
but mother know it was not in vain.

bentfeather


22 posted on 02/04/2005 5:04:19 PM PST by Soaring Feather
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