“MEMORIAL DAY 1991”
For you, no yellow ribbons,
No parades, no “Welcome home!”
Just the nightmare hell of combat,
An early death, and walls of stone.
No band was waiting for you;
No grateful prayers were said.
The men who sent you over there
Scarcely knew that you were dead.
But the men you gave your lives for
Have not let you rest alone.
Their love has brought you back to us
Upon these walls of stone.
I come today to be with you,
Mindless of the tears that fall
As I stand and touch name after name
Engraved here on this wall.
For, most who come to visit you
Leave shedding silent tears.
These walls have brought your honor back
Across the empty years.
Sleep gently through eternity
‘Till the final trumpet calls,
Knowing that you will live through history
Upon these sacred walls.-©2012 Sarah Groshong
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Sarah Groshong writes from Eastville, Va., in memory of her brother Hospitalman 3C Allen Groshong, who was killed in action April 8, 1968 on Hill 504, Quang Tri Province, Khe Sanh, South Vietnam.