For The Fallen
"For The Fallen" by Laurence Binyon 1914
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labor of the day-time;
They sleep beyond their American home.
This was written by Laurence Binyon and published September of 1914 in a British newspaper called "The Times."
Although the words have been changed slightly to reflect our American friends and family that have given the ultimate sacrifice, the sentiment is the same.
So while you gather with friends and family this weekend, please remember those who have fought for not only our freedom, but for the freedoms of others around the world.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend! - Duran