It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Saturday, May 28, 2011

50,000 Names Carved in the Wall

There's teddy bears and high school rings
and old photographs that mamas bring
Of daddies with their young boy, playing ball.

There's combat boots,he used to wear,
When he was sent over there.
And there's 50,000 names, carved in the wall

There's cigarettes, and cans of beer
and notes that say I miss you dear
and children who don't say anything at all.

There's purple hearts and packs of gum
fatherless daughters and fatherless sons
and there's 50,000 names carved in the wall

They come from all across this land
In pickup trucks and mini vans
Searching for a boy from long ago

They scan the wall and find his name
The teardrops fall like pouring rain
and silently they leave a gift and go

            There's Stars of David and rosary beads
and crucifixion figurines
and flowers of all colors large and small

   There's a Boy Scout badge and a merit pin
Little American flags waving in the wind
and there's 50,000 names carved in the wall.
It is with the deepest gratitude and love that I salute the men and women in our military that courageously fought and died for our country so that we might all be free.    
Red heart  Beth                                                                                         


  1. As do I, Twin. I love Memorial Day for what it really is. I always see it through those eyes. Not through commercial stunts and sales. It is a hallowed holiday in that we have the opportunity to honor those who gave their all for us. xoxox

  2. I've tried to visit that wall several times over the years but still can't make myself do it. Maybe some day.

  3. Hi Beth,

    Just passing through to wish you a happy, blessed sunday

    Hugs Nita

  4. Love this. I, for one, feel this is one of the days that all commercial endeavors should be closed and only reminders of why the day is celebrated allowed.

  5. Absolutely beautiful poem and I totally agree with you. Thank you to all the military who so willingly laid down their lives that we might go free.

  6. Wonderful poem that captures what it is really all about. Thanks for posting it Beth.


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