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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Closing Lines

Memorial Day is devoted
to the dead, to those who fell,
long before their natural closing hour.

Too many have fallen
for the sake of the living,
and for concepts oft forgotten.

It’s the duty of the living
to remember the dead,
to feel blessed by their parting gift.

We can honor the dead
by caring for their families,
and for their comrades, left behind.

Our most useful, caring duty
is to never forget,
even as the nation seeks to heal.

With war still fresh upon us,
we can still strive for peace,
yet never forget the dead, those who fell.