Monday, May 26, 2014

Old Men in Caps

Memorial Day: Memorial Day in a veteran's cemetery.
Source: RWLinder

Old men in caps
Canes, walkers, wheelchairs

Old men.

USMC ret. WWII
Army WWII

Vietnam Veteran
Korean War

USNavy
Army Air Corp—

Women who served,
but hidden.

Men and Women
not on the front lines,
but serving nonetheless.

Gold embroidered
On black.

Old men in caps.
Walking away,


Walking on ahead.


Veteran of Iwo Jima, many battles in WWII


23 comments:

  1. God Bless those who served in our military.
    Wonderful poem, Susan.

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    1. We are here today in a free society, in not for these people.

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  2. Great poem honoring those who have served.

    We will not forget them.

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    1. We cannot afford to forget history.

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  3. A friend of mine works at the VA hospital in Lexington, KY and she has shared many a story with me about some of these wonderful old men. I love this line: "not on the front lines, but serving nonetheless". That says it all...

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    1. My father told me about the women pilots who moved planes to different posts. He called them the "blue women" because they wore blue jumpsuits. "...and those suits fit them nicely..."

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    1. Thanks, Inger. I know you traveled across the U.S. in the 1960s. You must have memories of Vietnam and the anti-war move.

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  5. Great verse, they deserve all the respect in the world

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    1. Thanks, Pat. The Old and the Young alike deserve all the respect in the world.

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  6. I guess I can't watch the Memorial Day parade anymore without crying with the military men, and then again when the veterans are going by. This is the second year running I teared all up for both. Ah well, to me it's important that they're honored, and the standing ovation they got from our town made me happy. :)

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    1. I know what you mean. We see many many veterans in San Diego, which had always been a military city.

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  7. An honor that should be given every day

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    1. Absolutely. When seeing men with those black caps, we should all shake their hands and give them the thanks they deserve.

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  8. Beautiful post Susan.
    Also thanks for visiting my blog and buying my book. I appreciate it.
    Rick

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    1. Well, I appreciate your book. I hear your voice in the words. Hope you and Jilda had a wonderful Memorial Day with those whom you love, who love you.

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  9. They deserve our thoughts and our appreciation in so many ways. I wish the government would step up and see that they have health care. That would be a real show of appreciation.

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    1. It is more than that: it is politics. And it is a horrible shame what the VA/Large Government has done to these precious men and women.

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  10. Nice work. Many thanks to all those who have served.

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    1. How blessed this country is to have these amazing veterans, alive and dead.

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  11. At yesterday's parade the young mother next to my brother-in-law indeed glanced at his cap and said to her five year old daughter, "This man is a veteran. You must thank him." Both of them did so.

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    1. God bless that mother! She is teaching her daughter important values, changing history in that way.

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  12. Old men, who were once young and threw themselves into battle, fully convinced they would never see their families again, yet ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. Brave men, we owe them so much!

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!