For those whom we toll Freedom’s bell

110914_2336_Forthosewho2.jpg110914_2336_Forthosewho1.jpg

 

They left family and friends to fight a war.

It wasn’t for personal gain or glory

they crossed the seas to distant shore

We honor them, their names and story.

They served their country and they served it well.

They’ll be remembered this Veterans Day,

And we’ll bow our heads,

and in reverence pray,

“Let us remember those who died for us,

May God have mercy, and there not be more

young men and women called off to war,”

While holding the memorial program read,

wiping tears for the fallen dead

another flag is lowered and spread

across a casket and the trumpet heard,

“Let us not forget those who toll freedom’s bell

Paying the price, sacrificing all,

for those not among us, and for those who fell.”

_________________

The above photos are ones I took at a memorial service for Vietnam veterans and all those (68,000 + ) killed in the war. The ‘traveling wall’ behind the boots, M-16 rifle and helmet of a soldier killed is a smaller version of the real wall memorial to those who fought and died in this war, located in Washington D.C. We saw that memorial and many others while visiting Washington D.C. that were just as moving. The photo of the helicopter is a Huey fighter/gunner type used during the Vietnam war, 1966-1975.

Every year in our town around 4:00 a.m. a group of war veterans from the Veterans Association drive slowly, reverently around town in a truck ringing a large bell in honor of all who died in past wars. The clanging bell usually wakes me up as I hear it passing. It has come to be an expectant sound and annual event on every Veterans Day.   

Happy Veterans Day and God bless to all our troops and armed service men and women in uniform. We will not forget the sacrifice made by all for our freedom.

_________________

Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

 

 

 

 


%d bloggers like this: