Memorial Day – “What does it mean to you”?
Some call it a Holiday. A day off from school and work. A day for fun, picnics and fireworks. I call it a day of remembering those who gave all so you could call this day a holiday.
I was at the Vietnam Wall a few years ago. Seeing all the names on the Wall moved me to write the poem below. Try and remember what Memorial Day really means.
On these hollow walls
Do you hear the hero call’s?
So many names appear
Their voices I can almost hear
Why did so many have to die?
When I see all the names, I have to cry
There are so many names on this wall of honor
This wall for some has not been discovered
This wall honors those who have fallen
Their lives forever stolen
Do we really understand the cost
The lost of their lives was a terrible lost
Are there more walls yet to come?
The names from Afghanistan have not been summed
More walls are needed to inscribe our hero’s names
Let us honor those who gave their life, I proclaim