Veteran’s Day — Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan

Under the Star and Crescent

Today we honor Humayun Khan,
American, Veteran,
receiver of the Bronze Star
and the Purple Heart,
hero, lying under the Star and Crescent.
“Indeed we belong to Allah,
and indeed to Him we will return.”

Today we honor Humayun Khan,
baby in Dubai, child in Silver Springs,
who went to John F. Kennedy High
where he taught swimming
to children with disabilities,
and was, you know,
a high school kid,
and a proud Pakistani-American.

Today we honor Humayun Khan,
the child who loved to read
about Thomas Jefferson,
so he grew up and went
to the University of Virginia,
earned a degree in psychology,
and enrolled in ROTC,
because he loved this country.

Today we honor Humayun Khan,
Captain Kahn, ordinance officer
for the 201st Forward Support Battalion,
who participated in an Army program
to help Iraqi citizens
become financially secure,
and planned to return to school
and become a military lawyer.

Today we honor Humayun Khan,
soldier, inspecting a guard post
near Baqubah in Iraq
when a taxi approached with speed.
Ordering everyone else away,
he ran toward the car and was killed
when the bomb exploded,
detonated early,
saving hundreds of soldiers
in a mess hall nearby.

Today we honor Humayun Khan,
a hero, more than an election sound byte,
a veteran, on Veteran’s Day –
among many,
with his own story, remembered,
and his simple headstone
bearing the Star and Crescent.

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6 Responses to Veteran’s Day — Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan

  1. Stephen Price says:

    Today you have shown us what “to honor” means. Thank you. And let us pray to the God of our understanding, by whatever name called for the wisdom to find peace.

  2. Maren says:

    Thank you, Stephen!

  3. You’ve given more words to the boundless grief and love we have seen in his father throughout this campaign. And someone who voted for H said yesterday they thought his presence in the campaign did more harm than good, because anti-Islam thinking is so powerful now. And I wonder how that could be, and when the heart of this people will rise.

  4. Maren says:

    How could that be??????????!!!!!!!!!!! Indeed. I hope they are wrong.

  5. Jane Fisler Hoffman says:

    Thank you for another powerful witness… I hope someone has sent to his family

  6. Maren says:

    Thank you, Jane. No, I do not think so.

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