“Welcome Home, Our Son”: A Song for Veterans on Memorial Day

About two years ago, I was driving to Texarcana to do school programs on America’s Civil War (more correctly–The War Between the States), and I passed a driveway on Highway 71 that had a big sign that read: WELCOME HOME OUR SON.  The driveway was decorated with flags, yellow ribbons and balloons.  I couldn’t get that image of a family welcoming home the returning son/soldier, so soon the image became a song. I’ve posted the lyrics of the song below and a link you can go to to hear the song or download it. I salute all our veterans who have given so much to our country.  You can listen to and download the song here: 

“Welcome Home, My Son”: A patriotic song by Rickey Pittman, Bard of the South


My tour in Iraq was over,

And at last I was going home,

The sun was setting to my left,

As I drove on alone

Outside of Shreveport,

On highway 71

A sign stood by the driveway,

Saying, Welcome home our son.


Balloons and American flags,

Danced in the Southern air,

Yellow  ribbons were tied to trees

And to the mailbox there.

My dad met me at the door

Grinning big as you please,

My mother started crying

The moment she saw me,


After supper we took pictures,

And talked till it was late,

But we didn’t talk about the war,

Or mistakes we all had made

I lay down on an old iron bed,

That I’d slept in as a child

In days when life was simpler

And I roamed free and wild


I heard a lonely whippoorwill

Coyotes and Bob Whites

But no rockets or rifle fire,

Troubled me this night.


Welcome home our soldier,

Your tour of duty’s done

You’ve been gone 400 days,

Welcome home our son.