Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

On this Memorial Day over the beer and barbecue grills
The beginning of summer and vacation thrills
If but for a minute we can pause and reflect on those vets who for us have been killed
Pay homage to sacrifice that due to them our flag waves proudly still
The Greatest Generation is almost completely gone but not before defeating an evil scourge
The dreams and hopes of Japanese and Nazi tyranny to purge
Waiting in the wings as the snow in their lives begins to collect
The vets of Korea who stood up again and the tyranny of conquest rose up to reject
And in the fall of their lives with the trees now bare
The men and women of Nam are beginning to the same fate share
The men and women today in the never ending struggle against radical Islam
No battle lines, only IEDs and suicide bombs
All were in their youth happy and gay
Too many lives cut short by the dogs of war in display
Each year a dwindling number of combat tested vets
Each year a dwindling number when it comes to serving, a time to forget.
On this Memorial Day honor those who have been wounded or who have served, been wounded or  died
Brave men and women in uniform across the ages who have pushed evil losers of tyranny aside.  
© May 29, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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