The Unknown Patriot


     Since the advent of explosives, and their use in warfare, there have been innumerable casualties of war that have been classified as unidentifiable. The sadness of that exceeds the very act of the death itself. For their families there was no closure, (as it is called today) and it leaves the deceased, “known only unto God.” Every nation, every war, every generation it seems, has had an “Unknown Soldier.” That was, until modern science discovered DNA testing, and quite possibly put an end to the uncertainty, as to whom had been recovered.  This is dedicated to those who preceded DNA testing, and are still unknown, but to God.

     This is the final poem for Veteran’s Day week, I do hope that we can all take a moment to remember those who have served, fought, and or died, in defense of our freedom.  May God rest their souls.


The Unknown Patriot

No, we know not, your name,

nor,  from whence you came,

and we know not, the color of your skin.

No, we know not, to whom you prayed,

nor what, your practiced trade,

and we, know not, your next of kin.


No, we know not, your final words,

nor if, that they were heard,

and we know not, your place, or station.

But this, we know be true,

that America remembers you,

as a hero, and a patriot, of our nation.


 Jack Downing

Sept. 2011

©Jack Downing, aka Jake, All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or disseminated in any form, without the expressed consent of the author. 11/11/11


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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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9 Responses to The Unknown Patriot

  1. Michael says:

    A very nice and befitting post for the day. And just before I sign off, “Happy Veterans Day Sir.”

    • Thanks so much Michael, I was informed that a couple of my poems were read at a Veteran’s Day service at work by a friend of mine on another shift…I was indeed touched by that. Thank you again for all of your support and comments. Have a fabulous Friday, my friend. Jake.

  2. says:

    Nice Jack, real nice…did I ever tell you that my father was an MIA/POW in WW2?

  3. Beth Ann says:

    Happy Veteran’s Day, Jake. Thanks for the great week of posts to honor all those who get forgotten too often.

    • Gratitudenally speaking (new word Mr. Webster, eat your heart out), I have to say your comments are always as welcomed in the morning as a cup of coffee. (with two eggsover easy, sausage/bacon, homefries and dark toast,andtomato juice ifit’s chilled)

    • A five star thank you Carl. I am so glad that you appreciated the sentiment. How difficult must it have been to have a loved one missing in action, and wonder(or hope?)if it is they whois the “Unknown Soldier”

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