“O say does that star spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
I woke up at 7am on Memorial Day to the sight and sound of pouring rain, and instantly was struck with an inspiration for this poem.
I want to take a minute to thank all of the veterans and currently serving soldiers, as well as their families for what they have gone through, are going through, or what may come. My dad was once a marine and I have several generations of military servicemen in my genes. But I couldn’t imagine losing someone to war. Thank you for your sacrifices and for remaining strong through all of the hardships. It is truly so appreciated, and know that you have so many people walking behind you on this journey.
On this day
Even God sheds tears for
The men and women who fought,
To uphold the freedom of their nation.
These men and women paid the ultimate price, to protect,
And to give future generations
A place to call home.
Soldiers lost their lives.
Families lost their mothers and fathers,
Brothers and sisters,
Sons and daughters,
Wives and husbands.
All of them are heroes.
All of them deserved better.
And all of them are remembered,
Honored, and loved.
On this day,
The people of this nation
Weep for those who’ve gone.
And God weeps for those they left behind.