This Hat I Hold
by Randy Riggle
This hat I hold belongs not to me
This hat I hold knew the land of the free
This hat I hold sailed the high sea
This hat I hold is part of our history

This hat I hold belonged to the red, white, and blue
This hat I hold never got its due
This hat I hold was part of a sacred few
This hat I hold fought for me and for you

This hat I hold knew of lands far away
This hat I hold knew what it was like to pray
This hat I hold acted without delay
This hat I hold lived for a brighter day

This hat I hold was held onto so tight
This hat I hold was touched by frostbite
This hat I hold still is a beautiful sight
This hat I hold gave us our every right

This hat I hold knew of  the rain and the cold
This hat I hold was ever so bold
This hat I hold knows sights left untold
This hat I hold will never grow old

This hat I hold was so scared and knew fear
This hat I hold felt gunfire so near
This hat I hold tried to hide each tear
This hat I hold grows more precious each year

This hat I hold had to be on its own
This hat I hold at times felt alone
This hat I hold traveled near Anchorage and Rome
This hat I hold cherished every letter from home

This hat I hold lived on rations and bread
This hat I hold was a leader and it led
This hat I hold was close to blood shed
This hat I hold found his best friend dead

This hat I hold had to  settle a score
This hat I hold battled from shore to shore
This hat I hold didn't know what was in store
This hat I hold simply knew the stench of a war

This hat I hold was saluted with a hand
This hat I hold was a part of a patriotic man
This hat I hold defended our land
This hat I hold, well I'm its biggest fan

This hat I hold was more than just a fad
This hat I hold saw the good and the bad
This hat I hold was worn proudly by a lad
You see, this hat I hold belonged to my Dad.

Dedicated to the memory of those brave men and women
who have fought or continue to fight for the rights, the
freedoms, and the privileges that we enjoy each and every
day as citizens of this great country!