Saturday, May 24, 2014

Happy Memorial Day- A Poem I Wrote For You

I wrote this poem a few years ago

and thought I would post it for those of

you that did not see it before.

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 


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 


Vietnam was not a war they said,

Then how come so many soldiers ended up 


No heroes welcome for them in sight,

They slunk home in the dead of night.

Should I go on-with Korea & 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 


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

I will see you AFTER
the Memorial Day weekend.

God bless each and every one 

of my fellow bloggers and friends!
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Kay G. said...

Thank you for sharing this poem.
May we always remember all the sacrifices made for our FREEDOM.
God bless you.

Susie said...

Diana, This is a great tribute to our military people. It's good to remember those who cared. Hope you have a good weekend with family.xoxo,Susie

JoAnne Weisser said...

Your poem is so beautiful and meaningful and I know it comes from the heart. Thank you for sharing it with us, Diana!

boopnut said...

Beautiful poem, Diana! That should be published.

Vee said...

Have a blessed and beautiful Memorial Day. Thank you for sharing this got me!

Anonymous said...

God Bless you sweet lady,beautiful work!

Simply LKJ said...

Thanks for sharing it again Diana. Very moving. We take it for granted that is for sure!! Have a blessed weekend with your sweet family!

Beth said...

Beautiful Diana! Your pioem brought tears to my eyes!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Thank you for sharing your heartfelt gratitude for all that has been done by our military to insure our freedom.....we are truly blessed. Have a safe and wonderful week end...hugs, Penny

living from glory to glory said...

Let freedom ring and every heart speak thanks to all who kept me free! God Bless America! Thanks for a heart felt poem!
Roxy xo Enjoy your weekend! said...

God Bless Your American soldiers. Very touching poem but so true Di. One says Freedom rings. The way I hear and see. The dear soldiers are not even recognized from the government of there bravery they have done for America. They fought for there Country sweat and blood. Only people like you and others recognize what they did. The higher of Government does not. Medical staff are coming forth to tell there sadness for them.

On the news it says that they are not getting any medical benefits or being omitted into the hospital system to be looked after for like 9 months later to a year. They are treated like an abused dog would have. Sad,sad.

Now on Hanidy Show the doctors are speaking up. I don't to like to use names. I think you all know who. Has not a heart of gold. Shame, shame.

Why should the soldiers be last in line to be helped when wounded, sick, treatments, or depressed coming home. They deserve better. I keep them in prayer that something needs to be done for them immediately. Sad some cannot be helped with the pain and loss limbs needing therapy are also depressing bouts and many take there own lives.

For sure they fight a good fight of freedom but they also suffer physical and mentally.

I pray Dear Lord help them they need not have too take there own lives as I have heard on the American news channels from widows and parents and siblings and children. How very,very sad.. Thank God the Drs are speaking out. Something needs to be done NOW.

Wanda said...

Thank you so much for saying what all our hearts want to say. You did it powerfully and beautifully. Sending love and hugs.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Diana, what a heartfelt poem! Truly, we should be grateful for the sacrifices made on our behalf! May God bless these families and our soldiers that put that risk their lives for us, so that we may continue to have our freedom and live in this beautiful country! Thank you for this reminder. God Bless America!

Debbie said...

This is beautiful, Diana. You made me think about what it's really all about.
God Bless You, dear friend.

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Beautiful poem Diana. So true, Servicemen and women gave their lives that we might be free. Just like Jesus did.....he gave his life that we might be saved. Oh but the evil one wants to take that all away from us. Look how this world is going down the is so very sad to watch. Such a wonderful country being ruled and ruined by men who think they know more then God. Have a wonderful weekend.

White Lace and Promises said...

So beautifully written.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

So beautifully said - that is beautiful, thank you. It really sums it up to a T. I think we forget and take it for granted and we don't mean to.
Have a great weekend and enjoy your lovely family.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Absolutely perfect!

20 North Ora said...

What a beautiful sentiment! So appropriate for today's times. So sad but at the same time so true!

Happy Memorial Day to you!


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Well done, friend. This is awesome sentiment.


Nellie said...

Wonderful words, Diana! Always remembering our servicemen! xo Nellie

Attic Clutter said...

thank them so much !!!

Donna said...

What a wonderful poem and tribute, Diana. There are many that have paid the price for our freedom.
Happy Memorial day to you, too!

Lucille said...

It's a beautiful poem, Diana! Hope you have a Happy Memorial Day!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...


thank you....


Catherine said...

Written from the heart. Blessings, Catherine

J said...

That is so beautiful. My father was on Normandy beach on D-Day. He was fortunate to return home - with a Purple Heart. I can barely stand to see news footage of that day. Too heartbreaking. Your poem touches me in the same way. My all time favorite saying originated in the 60s - expressed by a child. I'm sure you remember it. "What if they gave a war and nobody came?"

Gayla said...

Love the poem. You have a lot of great points in there! Through the years... War has relied on a few to protect the many. Hugs!

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing. I wish that more people would recognize and honor our veterans, those that gave their all and all the active duty military.


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

lovely thoughtful poem. I was Air Force during Viet Nam and appreciate your words.

Rose L said...

Nice poem. I was a volunteer at a servicemen's center in S. California near Disneyland during Vietnam war and would visit soldiers returning from the war in the hospital at Camp Pendleton. It was a shock to see the young men who had lost limbs, sometimes the complete lower half of their bodies, lost sight, were disfigured. We would do our best to cheer all of the young men. We visited with each, read to some, wrote letters for others, and would do shows of singing songs for them. Once we girls dressed as hillbillies and had homemade instruments we played while singing funny songs of Homer & Jethro. The young men loved it. At the center we would provide food, a place to sit and watch tv, a place to make free phone calls to their relatives, had dances, played games, and did our best to make them forget the war and laugh. We owe so much to our soldiers.

Susan Newbigging said...

A beautiful poem Diana.

Sarah said...

Bravo! Diana this is a beautiful, heartfelt poem. Thank you for sharing. So much for which to be thankful in this country.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

What a lovely poem. All to often we lose sight of what this holiday is all about. We do have so much to be thankful and grateful for. We owe our soldiers so much, they gave of themselves willingly. Terrible was going on with the VA and how long our soldiers are waiting for treatment, we should be ashamed. My hubs is a Vietnam veteran, and I always thank him for his service, they were not treated very well and he stills hurts from it.

Dolly Sarrio said...

One Word: Excellent!

My Garden Diaries said...

BEAUTIFUL! That is just such a strong and powerful poem that I am so glad you shared. SO many have given up their lives for us and we need to honor them.....a blessed weekend to you friend. Nicole xoxo

Sweet Tea said...

The older I get the more I appreciate the sacrifice and service of our military. Thank you for sharing your poem.

Stephanie said...

Oh Diana, this made me cry! Thank you so much for writing this from your heart - it was beautiful and perfect! Words will never be able to express how thankful I am for the service of our men and women. Bless you, my friend!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

God bless you and your family, Diana. xo Laura

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Have a blessed weekend, Sweet D!

Missy George said...

Lovely Diana...Thanks for sharing..Korea was also a "conflict"..My husband was always upset about that..More killed in that WAR...Have a blessed weekend..

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Thanks for the reminder in your poem!

must love junk said...

Perfectly said, Diana! Have a blessed Memorial Day!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Amen. Wonderful way to remind us all what the day is really about!

Debby said...

So beautifully written. Thanks Diana.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Lovely and very poignant.
Thank you for sharing this again...I've not ever read it before.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Wonderful tribute. Thanks Diana.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful poem, Diana. I hope you have a good weekend.

Suzan Sweatman said...

Beautiful Diana - just beautiful ...............

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

That was wonderful- well said.

Gert said...

Oh what a beautiful poem...and it says it all. God bless our soldiers today and the souls of those who have gone before us!

Thank you for sharing!

Red Rose Alley said...

My brother-in-law asked my husband if he would go with him to the Vietnam Banquet in So Cal this last weekend. It was a really nice event he said, and very interesting.

Have a nice Memorial Day, Diana.


Jen Ham said...

What an amazing heart felt poem! Beautiful! xo Jen

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Simply beautiful! Have a great week!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a lovely tribute! Thank you for sharing it. Very, very touching.

Renee said...

Lovely. My grandfather fought in WWII, my great uncle was killed going to England. My dad was a vet (after WWII) and my hubby is a Vietnam vet. There is a show on the history channel about the world leaders and world war I.

Olive said...

Love this. So many have given their all. I think you covered it beautifully.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

This is just beautiful :)