Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

this is my brother inlaws flag
that we got when he passed away
he was a Vietnam vet

this became placemats for Memorial Day
and July 4th

and this little guy was a day of play in the tumblers
for a cute flag type mugrug

what will you be doing this Memorial day?
hopefully mine will include these
comfy chairs in the screened in porch

and a little barbecue 

Happy Memorial Day!
and thanks to all the veterans who gave up their lives
and served to protect our freedoms.

 I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

4 comments: said...

Great post. Awesome poem.

Julierose said...

Happy Memorial Day ! raining like the dickens here--just a quiet one "chez nous" here...
oh and big news...Fiona lost her first tooth..
another gap-smiled beauty hugs, Julierose

barbara woods said...

rolled is what we did after our reunion yesterday, cook out tonight

Jeanna said...

I love the tumbler flag.