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05-27-2007, 07:22 PM
In honor of Memorial Day I would like to post a poem. The poem I chose is near and dear to my heart. In High School my mom recited this from memory in front of a school assembly. When I was in my junior year and had to choose a short oration, I proudly chose the same one.


There's a graveyard near the White House
Where the Unknown Soldier lies,
And the flowers there are sprinkled
With the tears from mother's eyes.

I stood there not so long ago
With roses for the brave,
And suddenly I heard a voice
Speak from out the grave:

'I am the Unknown Soldier,"
The spirit voice began,
'And I think I have the right
To ask some questions man to man.

'Are my buddies taken care of?
Was their victory so sweet?
Is that big reward you offered
Selling pencils on the street?

'Did they really win the freedom
They battled to achieve?
Do you still respect that Croix de Guerre
Above that empty sleeve?

'Does a gold star in the window
Now mean anything at all?
I wonder how my old girl feels
When she hears a bugle call.

"And that baby who sang
'Hello, Central, give me no man's land'-
Can they replace her daddy
With a military band?

"I wonder if the profiteers
Have satisfied their greed?
I wonder if a soldier's mother
Ever is in need?

'I wonder if the kings, who planned it all
Are really satisfied?
They played their game of checkers
And eleven million died.

'I am the Unknown Soldier
And maybe I died in vain,
But if I were alive and my country called,
I'd do it all over again."

Author: Billy Rose

05-27-2007, 07:26 PM
My eyes welled up when I read that. Seriously, it's so moving. Thanks for posing this!

05-27-2007, 07:27 PM

05-27-2007, 07:34 PM
One of my favorite quotes:

Support our veterans...
they didn't like war either.

05-27-2007, 07:36 PM
The Unknown Soldier...

05-28-2007, 12:18 AM
God bless all our brave men & women.. Let's never forget what the meaning of Memorial Day really means.

The poem is beautiful... & yes.. I'm shedding tears.. but, only because of the depth of truth that it stated.

Let's never forget the sacrifices the men & women of the armed forces do so that we may live.


05-28-2007, 12:22 AM
Exactly what Snowbear said. The poem was very moving. God Bless all our armed forces!

05-28-2007, 01:07 AM
Let's never forget what these guys have done for all of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!:muah::hug: Sorry,should of put gals down also for Thanks:muah::hug:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND Thanks to our son Jeff:muah::hug:

05-28-2007, 01:29 AM
That poem always makes me cry. What a nice tribute for Memorial Day!