From Lexington To Babylon

       Today we celebrate Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts, and though most people now refer to it as, “Marathon Day,” and celebrate it on the closest Monday to the actual day, so we can have a three-day weekend, in reality,  April 19th 1776 is the day that the United States of America got its start, and lest we forget about those who sacrificed so much to give us our freedom, and those who have sacrificed so much to keep us free, I give you a repost of the following poem.

     However, I do want to wish all of the runners good luck and good health as it is forecasted to be in the mid to upper 80’s.

     Make Monday meaningful,



 They, were there at Lexington,

and down the road, at Concord too.

They were there, at Yorktown,

with the battle finally through.


 They were there, at Fort McHenry,

where, the spangled banner flew.

And again at New Orleans,

as part of Jackson’s crew.


 They were there, at Vera Cruz,

with Taylor, and with pride

and Texas is a state today,

because, they would not be denied.


 They, were there at Gettysburg,

lining both the sides,

falling, in great numbers,

where some say, they still reside.


 They were there, at San Juan Hill,

dying with every stride,

volunteering, all they had,

themselves, they had supplied.


 Then came the war, to end all wars,

and again, they heard the call.

When in the trenches, with the gas,

they gave once more, their all.


 Then for a score, they rested,

for their greatest moment yet.

That Sunday in December,

impossible, to forget.


 They heard the bugle’s call, again,

in every corner of the land.

The nation, undivided,

united, they would stand.


 They were there, at Normandy,

at Anzio and the Rhine.

Heeding freedom’s beckon,

still yet, another time.


 They, were there at Iwo Jima,

Bataan, and Corregidor,

at Guadalcanal and Midway,

many lost, forever more.


 They were there, at Chosin reservoir,

and, they were there at In’Chon too.

With McArthur wanting, to go on,

but, Truman said, ‘you’re through’.


 They were there, at Khe Sanh,

they were there, in old Saigon,

with choppers, flying off the roof,

still, the brave fought on.


 And still, they’re here with us today,

as they were in Panama.

Now, in Afghanistan and Babylon,

they follow, their own star.


 Yes, they have always answered,

when freedom, made demands.

Their hearts and minds, would follow,

our gratitude, that must command.


 On their guard for America,

so, freedom would not fall,

and, though they cannot witness,

I salute them, one and all.


      Jack Downing

                                                                           July 2009

Copyright© Jack Downing, aka Jake All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or disseminated in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author. JRD 4/16/12


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7 Responses to From Lexington To Babylon

  1. Beth Ann says:

    I remember how much I liked this poem before. Thanks for reporting! Becky texted me yesterday and said that she was still running but was going to take a slower pace because of the heat. Hope they all stay safe and healthy!

    • It’s 10:15 and the Wheelchair racers just started, it is going to be very hot today,,86 degrees by this afternoon..There are plenty of people along the route who have water and garden hoses to spray them if they wish to cool off some..I hope all goes well for them and they stay well. Oops the military jets just flew over, it must be starting time..

  2. A beautiful tribute…

    • Thanks so much, we do have a tendency to take for granted that which was so hard to gain and will be so easily lost, if we are not very careful. As always thanks for your comment and your time. Jake.


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