The pursuit of freedom brought you here
to rescue a nation, release them from terror and fear
it’s because of you that others have hope
you have shined a bright light on strangers that were at the end of their rope
we will cherish the memories of you standing tall, proud to serve, a honorable soldier, heroes to us all
you believed in a cause, a desire to do what you felt was right
you gave your life, the ultimate sacrifice
your brothers in arms will keep you, YOUR MEMORY WE WILL HOLD TIGHT, you will walk with us stride for stride, OUR GUIDING LIGHT
fallen soldier, may you now have peace, may all that you tried to give lay at your feet
fallen soldier, we will never forget; your blood, your tears, your sweat
fallen soldier we will end this with you, just as it began
walk silently, your boot prints in the sand
you can rest now soldier, your work on earth is complete
we honor you, we salute you
rest in peace.
©Copyright 2010 by Andre Anderson
Author’s Note: In Memory of Spc. Heath Pickard and Pfc. Cody Eggleston, Company C, 1/5.
Spc. Heath Pickard
Pfc. Cody Eggleston
Webmaster’s Note: Sgt. 1st Class Andre Anderson Of 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment (attached to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division), wrote a memorial poem for Soldiers who were killed within days of arriving at FOB Warhorse in October 2008. “We just got here,” Anderson said. “I remember walking from the tricon, everyone scattering, doing the accounting thing… everyone converged on the area behind the pad… medics were running from everywhere with their bags on.”
The newly arrived team had its first casualties within the first days of its arrival-Spc. Heath K. Pickard immediately, and Pfc. Cody J. Eggleston a week later.
Anderson tried to console his Soldiers. His concern at the time was that his Soldiers were too new-they were not yet ready. He listened to what they had to say. “They don’t know how to put it down in pen,” said Anderson. So, he wrote it for them.
Content gathered by Joy Wohlman Boyce, a library technician at the Fort Wainwright, Alaska, post library.