Thanks, Wish You Were Here



In this day and age where sports figures making millions of dollars playing games are willing to “spit in the face” of our flag, there are thousands who are still serving an ideal greater than themselves and putting themselves in harm’s way to do it.

This particular poem and the page it was on came to my attention because of a beautiful spirit and soul named Lora Cox, of Belle’s Place, a website of poetry and grand inspiration. Sadly, her website is no longer up, but I have been blessed and privileged to have several of her poems that I can still share. This is not one of hers, but she posted in tribute to the young Marine who helped pen it. I wish you could still visit her site, but at least throughout my site you can still be blessed by her inspiration and love for the Lord and her brothers and sisters in Christ!


This poem was written by Corporal Joshua Miles and all the boys from the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines, Kuwait. Josh sent it home to his parents and asked them to get it out to everyone they could.

Thanks, “Wish You Were Here”

For all the free people that still protest –
You’re welcome. We protect you and you are protected by the best.
Your voice is strong and loud,
but who will fight for you? No one standing in your crowd.

We are your fathers, brothers, and sons,
wearing the boots and carrying guns.
We are the ones that leave all we own,
to make sure your future is carved in stone.
We are the ones who fight and die.
We might not be able to save the world, but, at least we try.

We walked the paths to where we are at
and we want no choice other than that.
So when you rally your group to complain,
take a look in the back of your brain.
In order for that flag you love to fly
wars must be fought and young men must die.

We came here to fight for the ones we hold dear.
If that’s not respected, we would rather stay here.
So please stop yelling, put down your signs,
and pray for those behind enemy lines.
When the conflict is over and all is well,
be thankful that we chose to go through hell.

It’s because of men and women like Joshua Miles and his Battalion-mates that our Flag still waves over our great land of the free, at least for now. I give many thanks to all of them and pray they all return home with victory and their precious lives. Men and women like these are what makes me proud to be a Christian in America.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 47+ years and a young yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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3 Responses to Thanks, Wish You Were Here

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    As a Marine vet I appreciate this poem

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    • Well, Brother I’m glad it blessed, I wish more could/would appreciate the sacrifice of those who are willing to serve something greater than themselves. My grandson is coming home this month after being an MP in the Army. Finally coming home! 😉 Thank YOU for your service, because of men and women like you, I can do what the Lord has called me to do!

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