Memorial Day

     A few poems in remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation on this Memorial Day weekend. Please remember them in prayer today,  for only God knows what we would be without them..

Thank you to all who have served,


So that we may live in peace


Fallen Trees

 Fallen comrades,

as fallen trees,

rest with Mother Earth.

Ancients felled,

or the freshly hewn,

have given all their worth.

Leaves departed,

limbs are gone,

but deep, their roots remain.

Lest we forget,

how tall they stood,

let us weep, at Taps refrain.


Jack Downing

Jan. 2012



Crosses and stars

perfectly rowed

on manicured fields

so patiently mowed.

Red white and blue

in contrast to green

in every direction

in multitudes, seen.

Yes, crosses and stars

of alabaster white

precisely so, placed

dressed left and dressed right.

Markers to tell

the names and the ranks

of those who have passed

and to whom, we owe thanks.

To those who have served

to keep us all free

they rest now in peace

with God now, they be.


Jack Downing

May 2012


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

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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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8 Responses to Memorial Day

  1. johncoyote says:

    Thank you for the poetry. I served and knew great men and leaders. Need good words to remember the men and woman who served.

  2. loopyloo305 says:

    Brought me to tears Jake, thank you my friend! God bless you!

  3. Pingback: Memories of Memorial Day | poemattic

  4. Beth Ann says:

    You know how much I love your patriotic posts, right? Love them! You are so gifted.

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