A Salute

Dec 7, 1941

On this day 71 years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  When it was over, 2500 sailors, soldiers, and civilians had lost their lives and America was at war.  Since then, thousands more have fallen in defense of freedom.  Today, we still greet each day with the flag shrouded caskets of our heroes coming home to say goodbye. Let’s take a moment to offer them all a prayer and a salute.

TAPS

Alone upon a windswept hill, a single bugler stands
A song of solace in his heart, his horn held in his hands
Day is done, gone the sun, the mournful notes he blows
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky, the lyric goes

You cannot hear it and forget, those for whom it’s meant
You cannot help but shed a tear for those to whom it’s sent
The haunting sound that says goodnight, also says goodbye
Calling the fallen to their rest, they’re safe now, God is nigh

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About oldmainer

I am retired and live in southern Maine with my wife and two dogs. I started Oldmainer .wordpress.com as an outlet for my occasional opinions and random observations, with some poetry thrown in. I welcome anyone that wants to kick back and join me here on the porch, exploring all the gifts we have been given and the memories collected. Thanks for stopping by.
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