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Your Place of Valor

Updated on August 9, 2012

Safe In Our Heart

Your children and I will place you where you want to be,

But, We will keep you where you belong.

Safe in our hearts.

Your children and I will place you where solemn memories live.

But, We will keep your memory alive.

Safe in our hearts.

Your children and I will place you where a whole country sheds its tears.

But, We will share our tears with smiles.

Safe in our hearts.

Your children and I will place you where there is honor in your rest.

But, We will honor you always.

Safe in our hearts.

Your children and I will take you miles away.

But, We will always keep you near.

Safe in our hearts.

Your children and I will take you to Arlington.

But, We will take you always with us.

Safe in our hearts.

At ease soldier, you are in your place of valor.

Safe in our hearts.

WWII B24 pilot of the 380th Bomb Group in the South Pacific.  Nose Art "Lady Luck".  Missing man formation
WWII B24 pilot of the 380th Bomb Group in the South Pacific. Nose Art "Lady Luck". Missing man formation | Source

Air Force Full Honors

Bill's inurnment service will be held April 4th,2012 at 11:00 am in Arlington National Cemetry. Miles and hours away from our home, but only a heartbeat and a memory away - Safe at rest in my heart.

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    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Memories will always cause my tears to well up but you're right on, they are not the mournful tears of change or loneliness but of a renewed understanding that our loved ones are and will remain part of us. They have become my tears of celebration of what their life has given us. Sustenance!

      This is also found in your hugs felt in your kind and endearing comments. Thank you so much Nellienna

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      It will get better! Hugs.

      For awhile I was thinking I'd never need fear "dry eye syndrome" again! They were not gloomy tears, but they were always just ready to well up. But as time goes by, one's life begins to reshape. I am and have been from then, sure he is always with me.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Thank you for sharing your inspiring life and love. We do indeed have very much in common and as you noted the anxiety of what is yet to come that I so worried about is lessened by what I have to remember. It strengthens and sustains me along with support of family. Your kind remarks given here are a delight to me just as I needed it most.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Sweethearts2, I felt drawn to come visit your site before even replying to your lovely comment on my hub. I'm touched by your profile and this special page.

      I see we've a number of things in common. My beloved George died nearly 5 years ago, Sept. 5, 2008. I know the feelings of awed loss you describe. The folded flag that covered his coffin has a place of honor in my front room. In fact, there are many remembrances of him in every room, but they're not morbid or gloomy. They celebrate the life of a wonderful man.

      He was the best person I've ever known. We shared everything and, though ours were not our first marriages, we had nearly 30 years of happiness together, and each of our children was beloved by each of us.

      He was a WWII veteran, a Naval officer on several LSTs on missions in the South Pacific. One was at Iwo Jima in 1945 when the island was taken by our Navy and Marines; and the U.S. flag was raised atop Mt. Suribachi.

      In my own personal website, I've made a series of webpages about his Navy experiences, and several about him and his life. One page is just my own tribute and remembrance page of him, written the night he'd died. He was 10 years my senior, but, even so, I'm fast living through my 82nd year now. You allude to a sense of anxiety about the golden years and what's to come. I want to share with you that they are good years for which we need not be anxious. We definitely do have contributions to make, and purposes to fulfill, just being who we are. I can feel your contribution, just in reading your loving tribute to your Bill.

      I'm a native Texan and live here, but my parents came from Indiana. Dad was born and grew up in Elkhart and Mother was born in Aurora, though she spent some of her growing up years in Illinois. I lived in Southern Indiana during my first marriage. My children and progeny are still up there, in Indiana and Ohio, in fact.

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      sweethearts2 

      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      ahorseback,

      Awesome from an awesome writer - I am greatlly appreciative of your comment.

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      ahorseback 

      5 years ago

      Awesome is such a much used word for such a beautiful story !....:-}

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      JaneAtThornfield

      Thank you reading, I appreciate it so much. It's not only a tribute to my husband but to all the troops Arlington holds.

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      Jesson 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      This poem is lovely.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      epi,

      I always welcome your warm wishes and good energy. Our soldiers have earned more than words can express. Since, salutes are for the soldiers themselves and amongst themselves words are the only salute I can offer with the most important being "Thank You." And, thank you to you for your kind salutation.

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      ...well my dad who was a veteran of world war II as a Canadian soldier for 6 years would have been very moved and touched by your heartfelt writing (as I was) and that is the greatest honor I would imagine for your beautiful words here - and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 9:17am

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      billybuc,

      As always I'm glad to see you visit. You always encourage me with your comments, a friend indeed!

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Amy,

      Thank you for the read and the comment. I wrote this for my children, letting them know their father is held safe in their hearts and memories. Inspired by an e e cummings poem I love.

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is a work of art and love on every level, sweethearts2. Thank you

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful work my friend; simply beautiful! As touching a tribute as I have read in a very long time.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      always exploring,

      Movie Master,

      Rosemary50

      Thank you for sharing your appreciation for this tribute to my husband. I am especially grateful that Hypenbird directed you here, and then to have you take the time to show appreciation is a very touching gift not only for me but my family.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      PegCole - Thank you for sharing your interest in my hub, with special appreciation to Hyphen for sharing with other hubbers. The colored pencil drawing was created by my sister, which I had reproduced into prints for each of my children. The sketch of Bill was done while he was in the South Pacific during the war. Placing his cremains in Arlington was one of the most touching and moving experiences of my life. My tribute is greatly overshadowed by the homage paid to all who have served by those who perform these funeral and commital services. He had all our love and now has all his fitting honor for his service. Again, I appreciate your comment and sharing.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was a beautiful tribute and the fascinating sketch at the top was incredible in detail and its representation of that era. Nicely done. Thanks to Hyphen for the share of this poem.

      "At ease soldier" is so fitting. I heard that a million times growing up. And so is the picture at the Lady Luck artwork.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am so glad Hyphenbird directed me here.

      This poem is so very special, the promise so beautiful.....

      Thank you and best wishes Lesley

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This beautiful promise to your husband brought tears. Thank you for sharing this very special poem

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful. Thank you Hyphen for directing me here..

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Hyphenbird - Thank you for your lovely comment and well wishes. He certainly was this family's hero. If you know any service person past or present there is certainly a little bit you know of my husband. There is an undeniable bond that they all share.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Like Fennelseed, I am glad I found this lovely tribute. You wrote it well, true and strong. I hope your family is regaining some footing. He was a hero and I wish I had known him.

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      Benoitsmidget 

      6 years ago from Boston

      Beautiful :) As is Arlington Cemetery.

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      Cathy 

      6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      This was very touching and giving. Thank you.

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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      A beautiful pledge, brimming with love and respect. I am so glad I have read this very special poem, thank you for sharing.

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