Memorial Day then and now ......

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In those days you were buried where you fell
beneath the highways bi-ways
Parking lots and projects lie the
graves of those who knew

And what they knew perhaps now forgotten
is that it really matters
It matters what you give back as much as what
you pay forward

In battlefields now covered by malls
by homes farms and factories
They died for a cause that was as
important as our next breath

They lie bleeding for hours for days
darkening the soil for the gardens of tomorrow
Or in unmarked graves along the
river bottoms now washed to sea

They bled they cried they laughed and they
died in lands far ....too far from home
Can you remember the names of the
countries where they walked

And now they walk in lines wearing old green
camo and drop wreaths in free running rivers
While we stand in lines and watch
wondering of how and why they gave

And while you and I wonder and plan our tomorrows
they remember the days of hell
While we take the day off from a rat-race
they cry silent tears and re fight
forgotten battles

This day ....this day though ....think about
those who are gone and honor their
The freedoms that you have forgotten
were bought and paid for
by them.......


Take one moment from your day close your eye's for a moment and say "Thank you "

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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

This reminds me of a poem, or couple of poems, I did in high school for an English assignment. I actually wish I still had it, but it was lost. It was from one point of view about how valiant war is for protecting freedom, families, values, and such. The contrasting poem was the same thing but with different imagery from a soldiers point of line was something like. . .what is so glorious about lying in a ditch. I had to read them to the class, and I remember a few stunned faces.

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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hey Shan , remember them or re write them , it takes a poets mind to make sense of this world for many others ! You do that each time you write !.........Ed

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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Ed, you're so sweet, but I couldn't even begin to remember all of it. I tried. And to rewrite something like that would be equally as impossible.

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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York


This is beautiful and sad, yet inspirational at the same time. It breaks my heart and I too, often think about how many have died and are below, the ground we walk. You honor these brave men and women every day in your heart, as do I. This is so extremely touching and perfect in timing as I hope you bring a new appreciate to others that may have otherwise forgotten. You are a hero to me Ed!

Hugs and love from a huge fan!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

IT is a good and needful thing to remember and honor those who gave theirier youth, their lives for America, for us. Thank you for a passionate reminder of what they gave and our responsibility as mourners to carry their memories. Theresa

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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Ah Cat , thank you , your poem inspired this today sweety ! My gosh are you sweet !

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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Aw, Ed, I'm flattered, but I know these sentiments already flow through your veins and I thought of you often as I created my hub. I truly adore yours as I do you!



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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Come on Gimme a big ole HUG Cat ! OHHHHH that feels great!...:-}

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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

This is a good reminder of the holiday's meaning. I often think we have too many holicays and don't honor any of them. Thank you for the reminder of why we have this holiday.

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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

At Golden Gate National Cemetery, yesterday, I wept at the sight of more than 160,000 small flags adorning the gravestones of those who served.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. A wonderful and deserving tribute. Hope everyone remembers why we have Memorial Day. Great pics and passing this on.

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Oh, Ed - i cannot even imagine the horrors of war! CANNOT! Each and every one of these soldiers - dead and alive - have my deepest respects! I wish they could all grow up to be poets - just like YOU!

gorgeous tribute!

Hoping you had a fitting memorial day, my friend!


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Alexander Mark 3 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Thank you for the nice tribute. It's not a bad thing to enjoy the day with a barbeque, as long as we remember why we can..

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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

phdast . Hi Theresa , you my dear need never be reminded , you write so well of these causes !........:-}

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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

dahoglund ! Nice to see you here , thank you for reading !......:-}

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