Updated on May 25, 2019

Smoke from the battlefield hangs heavily in the air,

The echoes of gunshots and mortar fire are heard everywhere,

Cries for help from the wounded who are scattered across the ground,

Rise above the waning sound of tanks and artillery that are forward bound,

Bodies littering the earth as far as the eye can see,

Oh what a terrible price we paid for such a minor victory,

A father who will never again play catch with his son,

Or greet his daughter’s prom date while cleaning his gun,

A brother that was the greatest best friend,

To a little boy with cancer whose life was nearing its end,

A loving husband to his wife and father of three,

Leaving this world too soon is such a tragedy,

These men paid for our freedom with their lives,

Leaving behind sad children and broken hearted wives,

Paving the way for the rights we so freely take for granted,

We’re eating the fruit from trees that their sacrifices planted,

Remember these men well who fought and died with honor and dignity,

Whose bloodshed washed away the enemies to our freedom and led us to victory.


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    • kkingcrabb profile imageAUTHOR

      Billy Joseph Ethridge 

      7 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      Amid all the buzz of the upcoming summer, backyard BBQs, and trips to the beach sometimes we lose sight of what Memorial Day is really about. Its about remembering and honoring those who paid the ultimate price for the simple freedoms that allow us to do these things.

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      Anna Haven 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      I read your profile. You would have no cause ever to doubt your ability. Your writing is really good, thought provoking and you always capture the emotions of your subjects very well.

      This poem holds the sights, sounds and horrors of the battlefield and then also encapsulates the actual lives the men are giving up and the roles they play.

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      7 years ago from United States

      May God bless the men and women who serve our country and in greatest peril may lose lives. No greater sacrifice that one may give than to lose life and limb in the service of the American people. Thank you for this tribute.whonu

    • Romeos Quill profile image

      Romeos Quill 

      7 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      What an amazing tribute,and a reveille for the conscience,to remind us how much was given,so we could enjoy all of the diverse freedoms that we are fortunate enough to to exercise, today.Thumbs Up kkingcrabb.

      Yours Sincerely,



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