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Not Forgotten - A Song for All Time

Double H Bluegrass
J Kirby Heard


Originally written in 2015 as a poem for and inspired by Veterans involved with the Ft. Bragg Fisher House Marathon Jam, Not Forgotten is meant as a humble thank you to all who have served their Country.

Becoming a song in 2016, Not Forgotten, A Song For All Time, has been performed for in-patient Veterans at North Carolina VA Medical Centers and was recorded by Bob & Kirby’s Double H Bluegrass Band on Pieces of a Dream.

Now a video, to be shared as widely as possible, Not Forgotten, A Song For All Time can be viewed here.

Thank you for your service


did anyone say “thank you”
when you finally came home?
were you made to feel a hero
or did you feel alone?

it really doesn’t matter
if you were called or volunteered —
the time you spend away from them
results in the same tears

too often there are politics
and emotions with these wars
that divide the ones back home —
leaving you with different scars

regardless of the conflict —
was it declared or not —
no difference to the sailor, soldier,
airman, marine who fought

your service to our Country,
whether seven tours or one,
on the front or at a home base
it all must be done

so let me take this moment,
from a pacifist at heart,
to thank you for your sacrifice,
your health, your time apart

things I’m sure we’ll never know
about the time you served
you safely bury deep inside,
appearing stoic and unnerved

not all of us are brave enough
to leave our home behind
and form a different family,
a brotherhood defined

so glad you came back home to us
we’re standing by your side
we know you left some friends behind
— those scars can seem to hide

so to all who have served the USA
in patriotic threads
thank you now for all you’ve done
let it NEVER go unsaid.