The Unknown Patriot

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary

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     The final poem in the Memorial Day series is a salute to an unknown warrior in the pursuit of peace. On the tomb is the following inscription:

~HERE RESTS IN

HONORED GLORY

AN AMERICAN

SOLDIER

KNOWN BUT TO GOD~    

*****

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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

Copyright© Jack Downing, aka Jake @poemsandponderings.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or disseminated in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author. JRD 5/28/12

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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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3 Responses to The Unknown Patriot

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Great tribute, Jake!!!

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