REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

poem by: Darryl Ashton
Written on Nov 09, 2017

Each year they gather, a solemn
bridgehead
To salute the fallen and honour
the dead.
In assorted attire and smartly
dressed
With medals and honours 

These gallant old men who
fought alongside
And watched in horror as their
comrades died.
They remember in silence, 
some with tears,
Memories haunting them down
through the years.

The service is sombre, the ritual
spare
Just dignified pride to show
how they care.
Solemn prayers are offered,
fine tributes paid
Garlands and wreaths of 
poppies are laid.

The bugles sound a haunting
Last Post
A respectful silence falls
over the host.
With two minutes to ponder
the terrible price
Paid for our freedom in a
blood sacrifice.

The silence ends with the
notes of revellie
And the veterans re-form
for their closing rally.
Proudly they muster and
march on parade,
A pageant of honour, not
a charade.

Their numbers are fewer
each passing year
But the act of remembrance
is simple and clear
To salute the fallen and
honour the dead
And challenge the living
to try peace instead.


BY
DARRYL ASHTON

 

Tags: Faith, Inspirational, Hope,

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Frank byrne commented on Nov 09, 2017 at 1:35pm
Brilliant words Darryl......We must never forget that we owe our happiness to those veterans....and the thousands that sacrificed their lives....

 

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