May the God that they worshiped grant unto them the peace for which they so bravely sacrificed themselves for us who are the living! 



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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4 Responses to ARLINGTON

  1. Denise Downing says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Thank you as always for reading and commenting so kindly..

  3. What a lovely tribute. 🙂

  4. To those who gave so much for us, no tribute is enough. But I am humbled by your thoughts

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