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Memorial Day


We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As taps began to play.



The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.

They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.



I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.

Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,




Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.


~Text by C W J (C W Johnson)- May 1975~
 


 

Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day
 


 

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It is the Soldier!

 



It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate
.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

~
Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
 

 
 

 

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