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Sunday, May 26, 2013

In Memory of Their Sacrifice*

In observance of Memorial Day on Monday (May 27, 2013), I would like to pay tribute to our beloved deceased veterans, our military heroes who have lost their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. Thank you, veterans of war and peace.

We know that their good intentions and noble deeds have made America the leader of the free world. Through their sacrifices, we are all beneficiaries of the democracy, freedom and liberty they've fought and died for.

On this special occasion, we honor and remember our brave soldiers and valiant veterans, our dedicated men and women of the U.S. armed forces, who have proudly served and sacrificed their lives fighting to achieve and preserve the peace and freedom we now cherish and enjoy.

As we gather together in churches and cemeteries to offer our prayers and lay flowers and wreaths for our departed loved ones, let us pause for a moment and reflect on the many contributions our soldiers have made to our great nation.

Here (below) is a poem of mine "In Loving Memory," which I humbly dedicate to our armed forces personnel who lost their lives in the war on terrorism, fighting for freedom and peace throughout the world:

In Loving Memory

With hope and valor 
You fought for freedom
Without fear and reservation
You shed tears and blood
To the end...

Committed to defend your country-home
You fought decisively,

Struggled hard to win victory,
With so much pain, sacrifice and suffering,
In service to humanity,
you left us a legacy
To cherish and to uphold---
That love for one's country is worth
Dying for!

Gone, but not forgotten,
Yet honored and remembered

Today, yesterday and forever---
You, the unsung heroes,
The freedom-lovers and fighters,
The peacemakers and peacekeepers---
You will always be our ideal and inspiration
For a better life-world
Where there is love and unity,
Peace and brotherhood among humankind!

(c) 2013 by Chris A. Quilpa

*Appeared in Sunday's edition of Suffolk News-Herald's Opinion page, May 26, 2013. Visit their website  at:

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