Rick’s Reflections- 5/26/2019


As we think about the significance of Memorial Day allow me to share a poem by Berton Braley entitled, “Lest We Forget”

Our dead rest on the breast of France

And all around the world

Where by war’s grim or splendid chance

Our banners were unfurled:

So, whether here or overseas

Their bodies chance to lie,

We pay full honor unto these

Who did not fear to die.

Because they dared, because they died

We and our nation live,

Our liberty, our hope, our pride

Were gifts that they could give:

And since for all these gifts the price

Was life — they held life cheap

And blithely made the sacrifice

And laid them down to sleep.

O, dead of many wars, who fought

With spirit high and pure,

The noble structure that you wrought

Shall evermore endure!

You held your country’s cause above

All else: we, unafraid,

Will keep your country worthy of

The price you gladly paid.