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USAMother in the Midwest just turned twenty-one
Uncle in the Philippines knew war had begun
Dad was just a youngster in 1941
Not quite yet a teenager when attacked The Rising Sun
“To arms! To arms!” The battle cry droned our ostrich land
Had left state of denial, no more hiding heads in sand
Strong men of The Axis, Hirohito, Adolf and Benny M.
Populist demagogues who promised wrongs to amend
War freed them from their lives and veil of morality
Jingoistic hatred brought forth death by air and land and sea
But those times are ended; we’re more civilized than that now
For today’s world leaders are just men and freedom is what they avow