The Cleveland Grays *
In 1837 a Cleveland militia of men were born
To guard this growing city thru the night and thru the morn.
Answering the call of duty wherever it may be
Defending our nation’s interests on this land and across the sea.
A fighting force forever strong, never weak or scared
Willing to fight any battle and “always prepared!”
Called to save a nation in a bloody Civil War
Pulling our country together to last forevermore.
With President Lincoln in the beginning and to the very end
Escorting our fallen leader, saying goodbye to our honored friend.
From Washington to Springfield, guarding along the way
Riding a train of sorrow in our country’s darkest day.
On to our southern border hunting down a foreign foe
Chasing a Mexican bandit because Pancho Villa had to go!
On to the first Great War in battle at Meuse – Argonne, France
This is where Grays’ bullets taught the Germans how to dance!
Patriots now and forever supporting our soldiers every need
Our hearts do go with them… red, white and blue we do bleed.
God bless our great nation and watch over her we do pray
Yes, we’re proud to be Americans and especially a Cleveland Gray!
*Dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Brigadier General John Rea McQuigg of
Wooster, Ohio, (grandson of John McQuigg Sr. & Sarah McAfee of Wooster, OH)
General McQuigg was a member of Ohio Army National Guard, Cleveland Grays,
1925 National Commander of the American Legion and
1996 Inductee (posthumous) Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
Three term mayor of East Cleveland, Ohio.
Veteran of Spanish American War, Mexican Conflict and World War 1.
Author – Jerry A. “Jay” McAfee
(2005 – 2011 member of the Cleveland Grays)
Written November 22, 2010
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