They never considered it a question of worth but always counted themselves lesser than the greater gain. Now free from a nation they freed, and lost to the lives they saved, they must wonder from the heavens in silent valor at those in this barbecuing, forgetful nation who merely consider the day another occupational fringe benefit.
Memorial Day isn’t so much about being happy, but about taking a thankful moment of silent honor away from the pool and grill to recall their merits of sacrifice paid at full price.
Then go eat your burger, jump in your pool and be very, very happy that a complete stranger once believed you were worth it.
If graves could speak if you should visit
They’d tell you how their resting isn’t
In nor under dirt and stone
But in hearts of those they’ve left at home.
And ask today you be so kind
To hug on those they left behind.