Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

I hope you've enjoyed a safe and happy Memorial Day. It's a day to remember those who have fought and died to keep us free to live the lives we've built with family and friends. I remember my dad today, a veteran of WWII who wrote the following poem titled "This Honored Day". It was published in the Westborough News, Westboro, Massachusetts on May 22, 1992.

This Honored Day

Sound the taps and dip the flag,
You honor us this day's retreat,
We feel the tremble on the ground,
From dedicated marching feet.

Wave high those little flags in hand,
Yet gaze on ours; they fly so well,
Reminders that we fought and died,
We entered into battle's hell.

Leave us now this day we've met,
For you will wait another year,
To honor us with your respect,
Though we are always near.

With faded sounds,
The bands now gone,
The high-pitched flute,
The muted horn.

In quietness you take your leave,
You came to honor,
Not to grieve,
This honored day.

Robert S. Thomas

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