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Only a Wreath at a Tombstone?
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By Quentin Clingerman
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Onl a Wreath at a Tombstone?


Veterans Day
They pass in review
These men and women
Who've gone before
Wearing the uniform
Of a free people

Intending to keep us free
We give pause to remember
There are those who have
Passed to their eternal reward
Their review before the
Judge of all humankind

There are those in the millions
Still among us, some in loneliness
In VA hospitals or nursing facilities
We give pause to remember
Their great sacrifice
Whisper a prayer

Assist a Veterans organization
Or visit those we know
Greet all veterans warmly
Letting them know we're grateful
This Veterans Day and everyday
Praying for peace and safety

For those still in uniform
You, yet to be veterans,
We care

Veterans Day (c)2002 Quentin Clingerman

Author's Note: Thank you Cassie Blake for your inspiration for this one.

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Submitted: Friday, November 8, 2002

Last Updated: Thursday, January 20, 2011

About the Poet
I am a retired educator. Now 85 years of age. I live in Maryland. I am the father of three ladies and thirteen grandchildren. Four grandchildren now married. I have two great grandsons, Koi Jon and Quinn Manu and a great granddaughter,Sephira Jade. Poems are an expression of how I think and feel. Variety in either case! I am the founder of WordChimes.com WC originated in February, 2000.

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