Ode to my father

I wish you were here, alive with us today,
But I know you are here with us in spirit.
I want to tell you how much I love you.
I’ve known you from day one,
When you helped bring me into the world.
I am privileged to call you father.
When I talk to you again in heaven,
I want to tell you that–
Your heroic efforts in Viet Nam are an inspiration,
Inspiring me to serve my country as you did.
I remember fondly watching you work tirelessly,
Wearing that worn tool belt,
Remodeling and building new homes for your family.
I remember fondly all the help you gave to so many people through the years,
To your family and to those in need.
You always were and will always be Santa Claus,
Bringing joy to others through your generosity, smiles,
And unforgettably jolly laugh.
I want to thank you for being there for me,
Traveling over so many miles to be there for the biggest moments of my life.
Last May, fraught with pain,
You drove over 1,000 miles to see me and family one last time.
Your visit will always be etched in my mind.
I will always remember your sacrifices.
Though your life ended much too soon,
I want you to know,
That you have touched the lives of everyone here,
And we know you will always be here with us in spirit,
Until we see you again in heaven.
I love you, dad.

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