Prayer For The Veterans


Finding A Prayer

I was cleaning out a file cabinet and came across what looks like a copy of a hand printed poem. Even the lined school paper and the type of writing tells a story. How many people remember the old fashioned 'carbon paper' from which we now nonchalantly email everyone CC to send a copy? We would line up the set of papers with our original on top, the carbonic blue paper that would make an impression on the bottom paper of the sandwich. Then we could save a copy and hand one in to the teacher or mail one to a friend. We took great care in writing, because it was not so easy to erase any mistakes.

Memories we speak of on this memorial weekend dedicated to loved ones who have served in the armed forces brings us closer together. We learn about how far we've traveled in time by our own advances in technology, the friends we keep, had and lost, the letters tucked away in treasure chests and many other artifacts.

Written in all capital letters with title and author, dated and signed at the bottom. The man, Jack Geller, must have been a friend of my mom or dad when they both lived in Florida.

I'm not sure the whereabouts of the author or whether he is still living. He must have been a war veteran of World War II or the child of a soldier returned from war. The fact this came across my desk on Veteran's Day Weekend sent a chill through me, when serendipity appears in synchronicity with time and history.

I will share with my friends these three stanzas that mean so much to those who lived through war in order to bring about peace. May we never need or have war in the future.


A Children's Prayer For Veteran's Day

written by Jack Geller

Once each year we stop and think

Of those who brought us from the brink

Of loss of all that we hold dear

That we no longer live in fear.

Who left their homes

And left their wives.

On fields of glory

They gave their lives.

'Neath trees and grass, in ordered graves

That dot the hills in marble waves.

We pray their soul will find repose

And that the book of war we'll close.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Thanks for sharing this. One would think that as man progresses, the times of war would end. Unfortunately, no matter how many years pass us by, man still finds reasons to battle and kill. When I served many years ago, we thought weaponry so advanced would keep anyone from challenging. Again, time has proven, men will still end up with tombstones of marble dotting hills. Again, thanks for sharing!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

"...and that the book of war we'll close." Indeed, Debby; let's hope that book is finally closed in the near future. Beautiful poem; thank you for sharing it and highlighting our veterans.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Rich. Progress. We could certainly write books about this and what we would describe as the definition. Sometimes we need to go back in time to really connect, communicate and find ways to listen and respond with dignity and respect for each other. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on weaponry. I dare not think what can be invented in our future.

Dear Billy - Isn't that imagery tangible? I can simply imagine holding a book in my hand and closing the covers. Let that be the end of war. It makes a perfect meditation and prayer. Blessings, Debby

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Debby, what a thoughtful and most touching video and discovery you've given us for Veteran's Day. May Jack's children's prayer and your own heartfelt wish and pray for all the people of Earth come to pass, and not a moment too soon.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello Alastar - It was quite surprising that this letter popped up EXACTLY on this day! Yes. I agree. If we can all agree and we all hold this prayer in our heart, maybe we can shift the energy. Blessings, Debby

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Amen to that my friend! Amen to that...

Lovely and sharing with the hubmunity..

respectfully yours this Veterans Day Debby..

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello Leslie - I appreciate your vote and share. I'm getting ready for Veteran's Day for my live video show. Working late into the night. Be well. Debby

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Awesome!!! What a wonderful and rare treasure you found and shared with the world. I am voting this up and sharing it as well.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello ShiningIrishEyes - Many thanks for your compliments. It was a long, long day. I will be visiting your new Hubs in the coming week. Blessings, Debby

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so beautiful Debby. Thank you for sharing. For it to be on your desk on veterans day is intriguing to say the least. God bless all veterans on this and every day...

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear beautiful Ruby - Life is certainly a mystery. Timing is everything! Love and blessings, Debby

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Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Debby

"We pray their soul will find repose

And that the book of war we'll close."

Amen! I pray that day happens in our life time.

Voted up and away and sharing

God bless :)

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

wow debbie what a wonderful share .. and a thoughtful video for us to view on this Veteran's day or any other day as a matter of fact bless you

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Sue - Worth repeating, wouldn't you say? From the minds of children. Thanks for blessings.

Dear Frank - I'm honored that you decided to visit and grateful for your comments. I agree. How can we change what humanity writes in the book that contains our future, so that we may close that chapter for good? And, thanks for the blessings, we shall spread them around. Hugs, Debby

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a beautiful find! This is a beautiful hub with a beautiful message for veterans. This is very touching.

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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Thank you, Debby.

Gus :-)))

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello Tammy and Gus - It's getting late and the time flies. You are both so kind to visit and leave a note. I'll get back to you. Blessings, Debby

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dreamseeker2 4 years ago

Thanks Debby for the share. Very cool poem and video. Voted up and interesting. : )

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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I myself am a Ten year veteran of the US Navy, and got out back in 2008, and so I do relate to this article in every way Debby.

I love your video, the words have flowed so beautifully, I also enjoyed reading your poem here it was very touching as well to read it.

I also hope that peace can be found on earth for all of us humans, and for war to cease to exist, that has been my hope and dreams for a long time and even when I was in the Navy, I only joined because I had no job, and didn't wanna become homeless again, which I was many times as a NYC guy trying to make it in life.

Thanks again for caring to give my hubs a try, I will try to come back in the near future to share with you. Thumbs up and getting shared for sure!

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello DreamSeeker - I appreciate your time and vote. Be well and keep dreaming.

Dear Mike ~ We all have enough problems in the world to repair with Natural Disasters, homelessness, epidemic disease, dysfunctional families, economic problems and the like that adding war on top of all this feels overwhelming.

I recently retweeted something Mother Theresa said that makes perfect sense, "What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." If we start with each of us as the center of the universe, do what we can to improve our own energy, soul and life, then, I believe, everything will sort itself out.

Thank you for all the compliments on this hub and video. Much appreciated, as you know the amount of work it takes to 'produce' one of these articles. Blessings, Debby

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teaches12345 4 years ago

What a beautiful tribute, Debby. Your video was well done and I felt like you were here chatting with me - very touching. The poem was such a simple, yet beautiful, expression of the thoughts of war and home. Let's hope the book is closed.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Beautiful tribute, Debby. Your video was touching and I felt like we were reading in my home together. Let's hope the words of this ring true - the end of all wars.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Teaches ~ I received TWO special comments from you, which I most gratefully appreciate. I'm getting the feeling Jack's poem expressed a universal feeling, wish and desire to end all wars. Making this a reality is humanity's challenge. Hugs to you, Debby

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You are so right, this poem does express a universal feeling. We all pray the "book of war will close".

I like the way you presented this with your introduction and your lovely reading, such a personal touch.

Voted up and beautiful.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hi Mary - Wishing you well and Happy Thanksgiving. Isn't it interesting that following a memorial holiday and tribute to those who served the country we encounter a holiday of gratitude for all we have? Many thanks for your vote and comments. Blessings to you, Debby

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Enjoyed your reading of Mr. Geller's poem, then also reading it myself.

I see the picture of those 'dotted hills' and think...we should celebrate, appreciate, honor their sacrifice many days of the year...yes, on Veteran's Day, but in mind and heart also, and frequently.

I do remember that carbon paper...hated it when I had to type in triplicate; oohh-ohh.

Thank you for sharing this special, somber, hopeful poetry.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello Dear Frogyfish - It was a somber day and now the holiday season also brings our loved ones into our memory. Wishing you a blessed day, Debby

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal


Everyday wars are raised, soldiers are produced. However, after the end of the war these soldiers are forgotten. More than three thousand soldiers died during the decade of armed conflict in Nepal. Today the rebel leader has become Prime minister but no body remembers those who fought the war.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Vinaya - It's so nice when you visit. I wish we did not have to think of war or soldiers, hate or violence and any type of destruction. But, because the reality of war, battles, soldiers never end, we must find ways of coping and memorializing to go on living and remembering. Blessings, Debby

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