" Step Up for Freedom" is a poem by C. A. Shelley honoring America's Veterans.
ALL POEMS ARE COPRYRIGHTED 2013 BY C. A. SHELLEY
Step Up for Freedom is the first recorded collection of poems written by C. A. Shelley.
These poems are a trip through our history, of how we fought and held onto our freedom, C. A. Shelley explains. They are based on the stories told to me by the veterans Ive visited in the V. A. Hospital.
C. A. Shelley is a 74 year old retired Lexington fireman. He began writing poetry when he learned of a young veteran that was turned away from the V.A. Hospital and then took his like.
It hit me hard, Shelley said. I began writing. The idea was to bring attention to Americas veterans. Theyve given so much.
He feels a bond with these men having served himself in the U. S. Marine Corp. As a young man he was part of the Marine Corps detachments on board the carriers USS Essex and USS Valley Forge.
Step Up for Freedom starts with poems about the experience of World War II veterans and continues on through the experiences of Korean War and Vietnam veterans. The poems are read by C. A. Shelley. Music of the appropriate periods and news stories help create the mood of each poem.
Its important that these stories are told, asserts C. A. Shelley. Their lives and their sacrifices are the foundations of our freedom. Lest we forget.
Step Up for Freedom is available by contacting C. A. Shelley
by phone, 859-748-5014, or on Facebook, Facebook.com/Cloyd.Shelley.