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Memorial Day: Let us never forget

Memorial Day: Let us never forget

 
By:  Rich Duffy May 31, 2021

A Day to Remember: Let us Never Forget
 
In a wood they call the Rouge Bouquet
There is a new-made grave to-day,
Build by never a spade nor pick
Yet covered with earth ten metres thick.
There lie many fighting men,
Dead in their youthful prime,
Never to laugh nor love again
Nor taste the Summertime.
 
Slowly fading from memory but for this saved by the special day and many
memorials large and small, across this great nation, for the men and women who served their country in numerous ways. Whether at the end of a career, a deployment or a single action, we remember them today.
 
For Death came flying through the air
And stopped his flight at the dugout stair,
Touched his prey and left them there,
Clay to clay.
He hid their bodies stealthily
In the soil of the land they fought to free
And fled away.
 
Men like Chris Potts, struck down by a sniper and Doc Collier, who, disregarding the danger, was killed in his valiant effort to aid a fallen soldier and friend. We remember them today.

 

Now over the grave abrupt and clear
Three volleys ring;
And perhaps their brave young spirits hear
The bugle sing:
“Go to sleep!
Go to sleep!
Slumber well where the shell screamed and fell.
Let your rifles rest on the muddy floor,
You will not need them anymore.
Danger’s past;
Now at last,
Go to sleep!”

 

 

 

The men and women slipping the surly bounds of earth, often carrying the sorrows and pain of faithful service during the flower of their youth, known only to those who served beside them. We remember them today.
 
Now over the grave abrupt and clear
Three volleys ring;
And perhaps their brave young spirits hear
The bugle sing:
“Go to sleep!
Go to sleep!
Slumber well where the shell screamed and fell.
Let your rifles rest on the muddy floor,
You will not need them anymore.
Danger’s past;
Now at last,
Go to sleep!”

 

To the heroes memorialized by friends and comrades across this great nation from throughout the nations history. Soldiers such as CW4 Thomas McNulty, CW3 William Missiewicz and SFC John McCarthy from the remembered in ceremony and with plaques inscribed with: Our professional aviator and Our brother in arms. “We will never forget”. We remember you today.
 
There is on earth no worthier grave
To hold the bodies of the brave
Than this place of pain and pride
Where they nobly fought and nobly died.
Never fear but in the skies
Saints and angels stand
Smiling with their holy eyes
On this new-come band.
St. Michael’s sword darts through the air
And touches the aureole on his hair
As he sees them stand saluting there,
His stalwart sons;
And Patrick, Brigid, Columkill
Rejoice that in veins of warriors still
The Gael’s blood runs.
 

 

To those buried on distant shores and those who no longer have anyone to remember them. We remember you today.
 
And up to Heaven’s doorway floats,
From the wood called Rouge Bouquet,
A delicate cloud of bugle notes
That softly say:
“Farewell!
Farewell!
Comrades true, born anew, peace to you!
And your memory shine like the morning-star.
Brave and dear,
Shield us here.
Farewell!”
 

 
This poem is in the public domain.
Rouge Bouquet - Joyce Kilmer - 1886-1918

 

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