Mo's Manic Monday - Country

Posted: Monday, July 06, 2009 by Travis Cody in

Welcome to another Manic Monday with Morgen. Don't forget to cruise by MM HQ at the Manic Monday blog. Today's theme is Country.

For those who were called to serve and to sacrifice far from home and loved ones, because duty compelled and country called, I can only offer most humble gratitude. It is not enough, but it is what I have.

Duty. Honor. Country.

The Tomb Sentinel's Creed

My dedication to this sacred duty
Is total and wholehearted-
In the responsibility bestowed on me
Never will I falter-
And with dignity and perseverance
My standard will remain perfection.
Through the years of diligence and praise
And the discomfort of the elements
I will walk my tour in humble reverence
The best of my ability.
It is he who commands the respect I protect
His bravery that made us so proud.
Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day,
Alone in the thoughtful peace of night,
This soldier in honored Glory rest
Under my eternal vigilance.


  1. Very well done indeed.
    The true tragedy of war is that so many young lives are not allowed to grow old, and enjoy the freedoms that they fought to preserve and protect.

    My Ruby Tuesday post tomorrow is for you.

  1. Jeni says:

    Good post, Trav. I've never read that before about the guards and found it very interesting.

  1. Dianne says:

    I took my son to the tomb of the unknown soldier in DC when he was quite young. As we waited for the changing of the guard ceremony he was very loud and moving around way too much and I was worried he'd be disruptive.

    I quietly explained about respect for people who have gone to heaven - he was too young for more details - but he still seemed so distracted.

    then there was the crack of heels and the sound of I think it's called tap marching - and he was mesmerized.

    I don't think he even blinked the entire ceremony

    and later - he said he thought "soldiers were much better than super heroes on TV because they were real"

    it was a moment I remember 30 years later

    thanks Trav for bringing that memory back

  1. Thank you Travis, for the patriotic moment! I salute you! :)

  1. Anonymous says:

    How awesome... I was way too young to understand and appreciate the Ceremony when I saw it. I hope to revisit and see it again now that I'm older.

  1. JohnH985 says:

    Very nicely put.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Lovely tribute Trav.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great post Trav. So informational. Happy MM

  1. Jamie says:

    A beautiful post Travis. One of the most wonderful things to do in DC is to take the time to pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns. It is a stark reminder of the price of war and the honor that should be given to those who serve.

  1. jennifer says:

    As always, your posts about service and country are heartfelt as well as VERY well written.

    I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day.

  1. Ooo...that gives me goosebumps.

  1. Aw, dang it, Trav. I KNEW I'd end up with tears in my eyes if I came by and visited today.

    Mine's finally up.

  1. Anndi says:

    I took Chicklet to see the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa a few years ago on Remembrance Day. I thought of his mother.