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TheWall Revisited...A Memorial Day Remembrance

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  • TheWall Revisited...A Memorial Day Remembrance

    The Wall Revisited...

    In Memory of:

    L/Cpl. Benny Hack, L/Cpl. Frank Allender, Jr., Gy/Sgt. Harold Philpott,
    Capt. John Roederer, 2nd Lt. Bruce Eaton, Capt. John Gardner, M/Sgt.Tim Bodden,
    Maj. Stephen Hanson, Cpl. Michael Barr, Cpl. David Hinz, Cpl. Kenneth Sands,
    Sgt. Charles Vesey, EN1 Carl Meier,....and others

    The reflection in the polished black granite
    Has been lined with the passing of years,
    But the faces of those whose names are engraved
    Are still vivid through eye-filling tears

    Their only parades were the slow processions
    Behind long, shiny black limousines,
    As America brought home her finest-
    Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines.

    Private or General, their final salutes
    Were the rifles fired over their graves,
    And a bugler's sad echoing solo of "Taps"
    Was our final farewell to the brave.

    Bits of bright-colored ribbons and folded flags
    Are now cherished souveniers-
    With grief-stricken families' shattered dreams
    And a fathomless ocean of tears.

    Then his trembling hand reached out to the granite
    And a spirit stirred from within-
    Fifty-eight thousand who had given their all
    Said they'd do it all over again.

    While it's certain not all came running gladly,
    And it's true that not all volunteered,
    Revisionist history doesn't record
    That their sacrifice was revered.

    Then standing slowly, he comes to attention-
    Puzzling the people standing nearby.
    He deftly renders one final salute
    And he whispers a hoarse "Semper Fi"

    Those watching him leave do not understand it-
    What they've witnessed, as he walks away-
    Part of him died with these men he remembers,
    And part of them lives in him today

    "Semper Fi"
    Curt "Sully" Sullenberger
    HMM-165 (03-'67 / 04-'68)
    Last edited by "Sully" Sullenberger; 12-04-2008, 15:56. Reason: Naivete in the original's final verse begged resolution...hope this suffices