Men of gallantry

Women of courage

Bravery in combat

Never discouraged

Fighting with valor

Flying with nerve

Spines that were daring

Limbs filled with verve

Yet human they were

Mortality reigned

Casualties of war

And death to them came

Regardless of decade

Or mission in battle

Nobility was called

They would not rattle

They fought for ideas

Carried their life in a bag

They defended our liberty

Represented our flag

Today of all days

Stars and stripes should be waving

If they are not

You’re misbehaving

Memorial Day we honor

And always salute

The warriors who shielded

And lived resolute

They awoke to reveille

Yet died on world maps

We gratefully remember

As the bugler plays Taps

-Jim McNeff

Memorial Day 2016

Jim McNeff has worked in military and civilian law enforcement for thirty-one years. While in the United States Air Force he flew as a crewmember aboard the National Emergency Airborne Command Post—a presidential support detail. Following his military service, he served for twenty-seven years with the Fountain Valley Police Department in Orange County, California where he retired as a lieutenant.

 He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Southwest University and graduated from the prestigious Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) course, Leadership in Police Organizations.

Jim is married and has three adult children and three grandchildren. You can contact him at [email protected] or view his website www.badge145.com.