As we observe Memorial Day (Monday, May 26th), I would like to pay respect to those members of the military who lost their lives in defense of our country, fighting for freedom and peace.
Our fallen servicemen will never be forgotten. They will always be in our hearts and minds because of their honorable, proud service and the selfless sacrifices they made for the United States. They paid the ultimate price so we enjoy and cherish liberty.
They, along with today's veterans and active duty members of the armed forces, provide an example of courage and commitment to the next generation. They're our unsung heroes, ambassadors of goodwill.
As we remember and honor them this Memorial Day, let's pray for (and thank) them and reflect on what they have done for our nation. May they rest in peace.
(Following is my poem, humbly dedicated to our fallen heroes:)
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 you country
You fought decisively,
struggled hard to win victory,
With so much pain, sacrifice and suffering.
In the 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 today, yesterday, 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, a world
Where there is love and unity
Peace and brotherhood among humankind.
-Chris A. Quilpa, a resident of Suffolk, is a retired U.S. Navy veteran. Visit his blog at onebuddingpoet/writer-chris.blogspot.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Published in the award-winning Suffolk News-Herald, Sunday edition, May 25, 2014. For more information, visit www.suffolknewsherald.com.