Memorial Day is for more than cookouts and parties. It is for remembering those who have kept us free. May God rest the souls of our heroes.

So that we may live in peace



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

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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 Arlington

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Very nice post as always!!! Mine is tomorrow. I know I haven’t been around as much lately—but I am still here and loving your poetry. Keep it coming. 🙂

  2. Thanks Beth Ann, I know how busy you are and I appreciate your support as always. I’m not writing as much as I used to, too many distractions, but once in a while I still put something together. I just finished a fantasy poem called My Happy Place, maybe I’ll post it this week sometime. Thanks again for being there.

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