Below are two of my favorite Memorial Day Tributes. The first poem below was written by a Will Carleton who was a famous poet and his works span from 1869-1908. You may notice references
Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the mead they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forecast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
- Will Carleton
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! - Thomas William Parsons
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