From a Boy to a Man
Love for his Country
In searching for information, I found two mementos that are relevant today. One a listing of Dad's high school graduation speech, "Is Democracy Doomed?" And the other was a poem/letter Dad wrote to his grandparents in 1943. He left Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) to proudly serve his country as a lieutenant in the army during World War II. On August 24, 1945, he returned home and completed his education.
Thank God no one can say to me
"Do this or that, or else you'll see
The party's wrath and pent up fury."
Thank God for my America
Where terror and hysteria
Play no part in one's existence
And a man's a man at any distance.
Where liberty and freedom ring.
Where every man's allowed to sing
His thoughts aloud into the world.
Where the "stars and stripes" wave unfurled.
And where no man can rule the other -
Where rich and poor are like a brother.
Thank God I am allowed to see
A land of free equality
Each morning as I arise
And gaze into the far-flung skies.
Thank God that I can proudly say,
"America is mine -- today!"
There is no more to write, so I shall close hoping you and Grandpa are well and are getting benefit and enjoyment out of your stay in the South.
A Proud Member of The Greatest Generation
Robert Harris Levine