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We would always try to get a parking space for a couple of days before and after holidays like Memorial Day. Then we could be off the road while the part timers were congesting traffic and find out what activities were being held locally in that area. For the newbies here, from one retired military person, my poem, and explanation of what it means.

Memorial Day

 

Begun in 1866 to honor Civil War Combatants, it was later expanded to honor all brave men and women who served this country in all wars.

Between cookouts, picnics, vacations and sales, Memorial Day may be losing its

meaning! Please take one minute, at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day to Remember and honor those brave men and women, who paid the piper that we may dance.

 

A Day to Remember

By Derek Gore

They gave their all, their lives, and the futures they held dear,

They left behind a legacy of sadness and of tears.

A folded flag, the sound of Taps, the pride mixed in their leaving,

With heads held high, and tears in eye, the loved ones still are grieving.

Remember them.

 

Went in harm's way, so young, and they never will grow older,

Leaving memories, and pictures, citations in a folder.

They left their sons, their little girls, to grow up wondering why,

Their daddy that they loved so well, went off to war to die.

Remember them.

 

For some it changed, and mother, was the casualty of war,

The arms that hugged them never would again, forevermore.

Yet all were sons and daughters, and left behind an ache,

In the hearts of those, whose turn should come, before their children's wake.

Remember them.

 

They rest in peace, some say, and who am I to doubt it?

The higher purpose it was served, the enemy was routed.

Some came home, some never went, some only watched the news,

But they will never hold their child, or argue current views.

Remember them

 

It wasn't meant, in leaving, when they all marched off to war,

That we'd be left without them, from the cannon's deadly roar.

I'm sure that they, would rather, have been here for all of us,

But someone had to fight those wars, someone pay the cost.

Remember them

 

At 3 PM, this Monday, my flag will fly half mast,

As all across the nation, floats the somber sound of Taps.

It's only for one minute, or maybe three or four,

In tears, I will remember, those who died in every war.

 

© RV Roadie / Derek Gore 2024

 

Taps and Amazing Grace can be downloaded here to play at 3PM on Memorial Day local time for a national moment of remembrance:

http://www.mymorninglight.org/taps/

 

How to observe Memorial Day

http://www.usmemorialday.org/observe.htm

 

 

 

 

Edited by RV_

RV/Derek
http://www.rvroadie.com Email on the bottom of my website page.
Retired AF 1971-1998


When you see a worthy man, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy man, look inside yourself. - Confucius

 

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

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Thank you for again reminding everyone of the purpose of "Decoration Day".

Your poem is meaningful and reminds us deceased veterans are not the only casualties of armed conflict.

I met a Korea conflict/war veteran at the barber shop this week, I asked if I could shake his hand. He smiled greatly and extended his hand. I don't know which of us benefited most from that short encounter, him, me or his caregiver/daughter.

 

Edited by Ray,IN

 

2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA IN 1SG retired;Good Sam Life member,FMCA ." And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.  John F. Kennedy 20 Jan 1961

 

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