Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Tribute

I wrote this a year ago
but it is as true today
as it was then.
If you missed it before
please take a moment
to say a word of prayer
and a
Thank You~
Memorial Day
Memorial Day is here once more,
We fly the flags above our door,
We plant our flowers that mark the grave,
Of every solider that was so brave,

They fought for freedom for everyone,
Many lives snuffed out by a sniper's gun.
We proudly march in our little bands,
As daybreak filters across our lands,

But I wonder if we can truly see,
What cost it was to make us free.

Confederate soldiers fought the Yanks,
Some brothers fought brothers in those ranks,
To free the downtrodden that were lost,
To free all men at any cost.

My father was a medic in World War One,
A war not talked about by anyone,
Some men lost limbs and some were gassed,
Some were picked up by comrades, others bypassed.

World War II! How tragic indeed,
People standing by watching others bleed.
Souls thrown to the winds with no remorse,
Foreign government standing on their own course.

Vietnam was not a war they said,
Then how come so many soldiers ended up dead?
No heroes welcome for them in sight,
They slunk home in the dead of night.

Should I go on-with the Desert Storm?
Iran? Afghanistan? Are you getting warm?
Do you feel the pain you see in their face?
Does it make you squirm in your warm, safe place?

I've just one more thing I'd like to say,
It's about celebrating Memorial Day,
Look around and everything you see,
Was paid out in blood so that we are free.

Put your hand on your heart,
For the blue, white and red,
Raise your eyes to the flag,
Say a prayer for the dead.

Because of a solider I can have my say,
So ~God Bless you this Memorial Day~
And To All Our Soldiers-

© Diana Kosmoski 5/31/10
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Tete said...

Amen, you said it well.
Hugs- Tete

Jettie said...

God Bless all those that through the years have fought to keep us free.
And God Bless you, my dear friend, for stating it so well.
Love ya

Pam Kessler said...

Thanks for reposting this, I missed it first time around. Such a nice tribute!

Anonymous said...

thats a beautiful tribute,, just beautiful

At The Picket Fence said...

So wonderfully written Dianna! You did a beautiful job of capturing the sentiments of those who see Memorial Day as not only just a "holiday" to enjoy but as a day to remember the horrific sacrifices others have made so that we can enjoy the freedoms we so easily take for granted. Thank you for sharing this again!


Amy Chalmers said...

Yes this a fitting tribute! Bless all the men and women who stand up for our freedom and their families that do without them.
I saw your recipe for rhubarb squares, I love rhubarb! I will have to try it out. I usually make pie. I have made a rhubarb custard pie too, and that was quite good.

Rebecca Nelson said...

Love it it more today.

Bless you friend. Beautifully written!

Love, Rebecca

Patty said...

That's so true! Freedom really isn't free. It cost so many all that they had.... their lives.

Diane said...

I totally agree and must say... very well said Ü

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Wow this is wonderful! Thank you for posting this again, its so perfect for today!
Thank you for stopping by, I know I've been hit and miss on my posts but sometimes life comes at me fast and somethings gotta take a back seat. Thanks for hanging in the dear friend!

bj said...

A wonderful poem...a wonderful post.
Thanks so much.

Simple Home said...

Wonderful Diana!! My cousin died in Grenada, a little war that took 19 young men, and he was one of them. We will never forget!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Diana Sweetie...
What a beautiful blessing to our hearts today. I so love it. You have such a beautiful way with poetry. I hope you write more often, as you definitely should.

Thank you for blessing my heart sweet friend. I hope you and your family had a beautiful weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Anonymous said...

I was out blog-hopping tonight and came across your blog. Enjoyed reading so much I decided to become your newest follower!

Liz (aka Ninny, because that's what my grandchildren call me.)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Bravo Diana! You are really good at writing!
War is never a good thing is it? I think Women should run the world because there would be a lot less fighting.
Thanks for the tip on Lily of the Valley too, I never knew that!
Happy Week to you,