Decoration Day

. . .  it used to be called.  And I think it is a more fitting name than Memorial Day.

In light of Monday, 25 May, I offer the following that I received from a Navy veteran in the mail.

I watched the flag Pass by one day,

It fluttered in the breeze.

A young Marine Saluted it,

And then he stood at ease..

I looked at Him in uniform

So young, so tall, so proud,

With hair cut square

And eyes alert

He’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men Like him

Had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign Soil

How many mothers’ tears.

How many pilots’ planes Shot down.

How many died at sea.

How many foxholes were soldiers’ Graves

No, freedom isn’t free

I heard the sound of Taps One night,

When everything was still,

I listened to the bugler Play

And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That Taps had meant ‘Amen,’

When a flag had draped a Coffin.

Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the Children,

Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and Husbands

With interrupted lives.

I Thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea

Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

No, freedom isn’t free.

Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops

When You receive this, please stop for a moment

And Say a Prayer for our servicemen.

Of all the gifts you could give our Soldiers,

Prayer is the very best One.

And remember

Freedom isn’t free.

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One Comment on “Decoration Day”

  1. jonolan Says:

    A warrior’s duty is two-fold. With his life he defends the lives of those who’s protection he is charged with. With his death he provides a reminder of both the worth and the cost of those lives he protected.

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