My "Honoring The Fallen" poem and video proudly salute the valiant ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for our beloved America that includes my mother's twin brother, who did so in the hedge rows of Normandy shortly after D-Day.
I wrote "Honoring The Fallen" when my youngest son was serving with the Marines in Iraq ... in response to the constant concern that my wife and I endured coming true ... with a knock on the door delivering the heart wrenching devastating news that no loved one wants to hear. (My son returned home safely, missing becoming a fallen by a fraction of an inch.)
Special Note... The USO provides a signed printing of "Honoring The Fallen" to loved ones of fallen troops at its Dover AFB location, where the fallen are returned to America from overseas locations. Other USO locations are able to provide a signed printing of the poem to visitors, as well.
David G. Bancroft, USA Patriotism! founder
Honoring The Fallen
I cannot help but think of those, Whose anxious wait ended with a knock, The wrenching ache felt deep down to the toes, Knowing there was no more ticking for this clock.
Their brave loved ones served for our country's sake Be it yesterday, today, and time yet known, Giving it birth and to protect ... not take. Their ultimate sacrifice shown.
The blinding tears of TAPS being played. The overwhelming sadness of the colors given. The proud thought of the difference made. The final salute to the fallen . . . now in heaven.
And while there is a special day, That we honor the memory of the gift they gave, It should go well beyond a national thought in May, Like every time when seeing the flag wave!
I hope "Honoring The Fallen" gives all who experience it ... an idea of the emotions when writing it ... and a better understanding of the overwhelming emotions suffered by those of a fallen loved one. (Two years later I wrote "Tears For Your Fallen" to express my sincere condolences to those of a fallen loved one.)
"Honoring The Fallen" and "Tears For Your Fallen" are included in my book, American Pride, that is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and other online retailers.
"A Grateful Nation Remembers" Image
"A Grateful Nation Remembers . . . is a tribute image honoring all those brave ones . . . who made the ultimate sacrifice in military service to our beloved, great America since the fight for Independence. It is a reminder of each fallen's final, priceless act . . . to defend and preserve the USA along with safeguarding their fellow citizens' freedoms . . . that are unequalled. It reflects why America's exceptionalism is unique . . . in what will be done for country's sake and the honor bestowed for doing so . . . allowing America to remain the shining beacon of liberty for all to see!"
My poem,Honoring The Fallen, underscores the message of the A Grateful Nation Remembers image."
David Bancroft, USA Patriotism! founder
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