Sunday, November 4, 2012

The old man's eyes.........

On a cold November morn, and old man sits awhile,
Looking through old photographs, he can't help but smile -
The old man's eyes mist with tears, as he remembers every face
Each of his fallen brothers and the killing which took place -
They met as strangers, but soon became - like brothers to the end -
Smiling at the camera, there could be no truer friends.
 Too soon  he felt the pain of loss, the fighting had begun
Poppies grew where soldiers fell - in battle, one by one -
So many never made it home, lost on foreign shores
Many more were injured and would be the same no more.
Channing Day, Medic
Trooper, Larry Rudd, Combat ReSupply Patrol
He proudly dons his beret, his blazer and his tie,
For today he will remember - the ones who fell and died -
On his chest there is a poppy, a blaze of scarlet on the blue,
He steps out into the cold, he has a duty he must do.
Once at the cenotaph, he stands amongst the ranks -
Of those who marched to war and those who manned the tanks,
He bows his head in reverence; as the last post begins to play -
And he wonders what will happen at the ending of his days.
Will anyone remember? Will anyone care?
About the lads so far from home, whose life was ended there?
I wish that I could tell him, that he should fear not,
For this soldier and his brothers will NEVER be forgot.
We owe a debt of gratitude that we can never pay -
And with respect, we - WILL remember them;
On each Remembrance Day.
(Written by M. Cassee, Student)
 "NATION DEFINED BY SACRIFICE" - "On July 1, Canada Day, we celebrate the birth of our nation, but there is no day on our calendar that is more integral, more germane and more reflective of the Nation we have become than Remembrance Day." Lynton (Red) Wilson


Red said...

Well said! Great student poem. It looks like you get right out there in these remembrance activities. Good for you for your participation. My son was in he reserves and they certainly develop close ties. Twenty years later they are still great buds.

DJan said...

Heartfelt and poignant poem, and the pictures! Oh, the pictures. So well done. Thank you for this lovely post.

Are We There Yet! said...

What a beautiful post. You brought tears to my eyes.

Ann O'Dyne said...

I get very emotional about all the wars. Young boys damaged for military politics. Wars are only good for Big Business.
Never forget The Fallen.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

What a wonderful tribute. Thank you!

Gail said...

Wonderfully said.

I have cold chills.

I want to say to all veterans all over this huge world, we will not forget. We thank you. For whether you believed or not in the mess that is war, you gave totally and completely to your country.

No, we will not forget.

Gail said...

What a great tribute.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am so sorry I missed this on Veterans Day! It's lovely!
I married Patrick at 17 years old and was married to him for 43 years. He was a career Marine. HOW I wish he could have lived to see how they are treating the Veterans now. He was spit on at the San Francisco airport unpon returning from his third tour in Vietnam. I guess I am still angry at the treatment our returning men got from that war. This meant a lot to can't know..
Love and huge hugs,