The Valiant One

     Each Memorial Day a service is held at my workplace in honor of the men and women who have served in the armed forces of our nation and who are no longer with us, their tour of duty now ended, but never to be forgotten. I have been asked in the past to contribute a poem to be read at the event, and this year was no exception, and I would like to share with you all my humble offering to this year’s service.

    Please give thanks today, for all of the freedom that we currently enjoy, to all of those who have made it possible!

     Please have a safe and grateful weekend,


To all who have passed I salute you.

To all who have passed
I salute you.

The Valiant One

Rest in peace oh, valiant one

your mission accomplished

and a job well done!

Our nation’s freedom remains intact

because, for those like you

she’s never lacked.

They who serve for freedom’s cause

deserve all honors

without pause.

Liberty survives now, thanks to you

and all your comrades

brave and true.

So rest in peace oh, valiant one

you’ve been relieved,

your watch is done!


Jack Downing

Nov. 2013

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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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2 Responses to The Valiant One

  1. Not much in the way of remembrance in Miami anymore. Well over 50% foreign born and all the old European ethnics died off or moved away. Not Memorial Day but just another long weekend booze and Bar-B-Q day. Jails will be full of drug and alcohol abuse offenders.

  2. Sad, so very sad, Carl. We have become a nation of special interest groups and none of them are especially interested in the genesis, the history and/or the future development of this once great nation..Sad indeed!! Happy Memorial Day always seemed to be an oxymoron to me, but have one any way.

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