Tributes to those who died in service to their country, and to those who loved and waited for them....
special time set for heroes
honor them today
On the spur of the moment several years ago, a very close friend who was a colonel in the Army asked me to come up with a simple, rhyming poem for a Memorial Day speech she was about to give. She's in the Transportation Corps, and had been in every "police action" the United States has had for over 20 years. Often in combat, she has been decorated many times.
She was speaking to massed troops with whom she had just returned from Iraq. There had been many casualties.
This is not haiku, and it is certainly no great art, but I'd like to post it here. After she read it with incredible emotion, there were few dry eyes among the troops. The memory is emblazoned in my heart.
THE LAST REVIEW
They’re marching to Elysium now
far beyond harm’s way
the battle’s done, the storm has passed
their life’s blood won the day.
Just yesterday we shared their lives--
the smiles, the frowns, the sighs--
the hopes and fears that shone so clear
in all those bright, young eyes.
Our brothers and our sisters
who answered duty’s call
have laid aside tomorrow’s dreams
and given us their all.
Unfurl the flag and beat the drum
pay all respect that’s due
for all the best there is in man
is passing in review.
wearing Navy blue and gold
they gave their whole lives
I love, miss you, and thank you Daddy, Grandpa, Uncle Randy, Uncle Ed, Uncle John, Cousin Bill, and all the rest of our clan who gave their lives to our country.