By Jessica M. Strickland
February 2023

by Jessica M. Strickland, a resident of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania

3 people standing in front of merry-go-round horse painted in red, white, and blue stars and stripes

Home to the Naval Air Station
Home to my Sailor son and daughter-in-law,
Whom I indescribably love,
and pray for their safety from the good Lord above!

Meridian carousel horses in sight from the road,
such beauty, meaning, and detail depicted
Only to be viewed,
not to be rode.

The sound of morning and evening colors
to be heard all over the base.
Standing in respect and admiration,
sure to bring tears to this Navy mom’s face

Everyone is so friendly and willing to help.
A place of calm and a sense of peace,
makes it harder each time to leave,
but we must leave in order to come back,
this I must believe!

The place where we will spend Christmas this year,
blessed to make memories in this beautiful place,
while spreading some of our Pennsylvania cheer!

The place where I long to be, far after we are home.
Counting down til our next visit,
researching our next best place to comb!

PJ’s, Newk’s, The Grill, and the Daily Grind,
wonderful places full of friendly faces,
Where the food and coffee are so divine!

This state will forever hold a special place
in my heart.
Wherever Navy life shall lead us,
we will be back to the place where they had their start!

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