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Contributor: James H. Lee, Jr. || Poem Categories

Memorial Day

Today is for remembering,
And honoring those who gave
Their last measure of devotion,
Our freedom thus to save,
And also our sweet liberty,
For which they bled and died,
Or suffered pain and anguish,
Which history cannot hide.

They wanted us to be free,
Free from tyranny,
And free from kings and rulers,
From far across the sea,
And free to be a nation
Where patriots reside,
And where their children can be free,
And never have to hide.

Where loving fathers and mothers,
Can teach their children dear,
About our Heavenly Father,
And why He's placed us here,
Who's given us our freedom,
And wants us to be true,
True to God, and true to man,
And our Red, White and Blue.

We need to here remember
The sacrifice they made,
And honor them upon this day
With music and parade,
And also showing gratitude
To Father up above,
For freedom and for liberty,
And this nation that we love.

"Greater love hath no man
Than this," the Savior said,
"That a man lay down his life
For his friends." That's what I read
In John, Chapter 15,
Where Jesus speaks of love,
And also speaks of friendship
In mansions up above.

He gave His life upon the cross
That you and I might be
Free from death's eternal grasp,
And pain and misery,
And free from sin and error,
And chains of bondage, too,
So let us also honor Him,
Each day, our whole life through.

Not only on the battlefield,
But in our hearts as well,
Should be the "Pride of Ownership"
In our dear Liberty Bell,
And also the Statue of Liberty,
And our Founding Fathers here,
Who wrote as God directed,
Those documents I love dear,

And since that day in history,
True patriots have stood,
So they could be counted,
Because they understood
How precious freedom really is,
And how we need to be
Doing all that we can do
To keep this nation free.

God bless us as a nation,
And bless each patriot, too,
And bless the living and the dead
Who've stood both brave and true,
And fought our nation's battles
At home and on foreign shore,
Just as they're now fighting
In the Iraqi war.

Not fighting thus to conquer,
But to set that nation free,
Free from chains of bondage,
And also tyranny,
And tyrants who would thus enslave
The people of that land,
Who've yearned for freedom many years,
Because they understand

How precious freedom really is,
And why they want to be
Free from chains of bondage,
And from captivity,
And there are many there who've given
Their last measure, too,
For freedom and for liberty,
That's worthy to pursue.

Today let's pause and honor
The living, and the dead
Who've given their last measure,
And let our prayers be said
For those who yet may suffer
In chains of bondage here,
And remember, please remember,
That all to God are dear.
By James H. Lee, Jr.
Copyright 2005
Listed 05/30/2005

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