Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lest We Forget

"Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours."

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

~ Laurence Binyon: For the Fallen 1914

13 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great post, Jo... Yes, Let's not forget those servicemen and women who died for our FREEDOM. Praise God for all of THEM.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Maddie Grigg said...

That's very poignant. I didn't realise it is memorial day weekend over with you.

Sandra said...

thank you for this post and the photo, we will not forget.

bennie and patsy said...

Freedom ! God Bless them.
Patsy

Pam said...

Wonderful tribute! You have a safe happy Memorial Day!

Barbara Anne said...

With thanks to all.

Hugs!

The Retired One said...

A very, very touching photo!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A wonderful tribute and a reminder to remember those who have given so much for us and our country!

dogsmom said...

What a touching poem. I had not heard it before.
We are grateful for them all.

phylliso said...

I love this poem,thanks for sharing,we are indeed grateful for all the fallen & ones who continue to fight for our freedom.
Awhile back you posted on fireflies & that very weekend we had an article in our local paper about sights to see this summer.In Tenn every June there is a meadow in the Great Smoky Mts.about 6 miles southwest of Gatlinburg,the national park service runs buses to the site from the Surgarlands Visitor Center to watch the fireflies display.The link is www.nps.gov/grsm/synchronous fireflies.phylliso

Maggie said...

Some day G and I will be there. Today now home, I shall stop by and see if my friend Dale's spot is still findable in the resurfaced National Cemetery here. You have a great day.

carolina mountains said...

Lovely verse and very fitting for the day. Thank you for your kind words of sumpathy....

L. D. Burgus said...

A very fitting tribute. Thanks for the great post.