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  A Memorial Day Memory
by Mr. Ed
Sunday, May 27, 2007
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“What a cruel thing is war.”


Robert E. Lee




He was an ordinary young guy

Who enlisted in the Army one day

He shipped off to the vast Pacific

He was my good old Uncle Ray


Prior to enlisting in World War II

He had a job in a big city factory

He hung out in a neighborhood bar

With his very loyal old dog Shaggy


When Ray bravely shipped off to war

Shaggy went looking for him everyday

The bar owner felt sorry for this mutt

He gave him his own barstool one day


Ray was wounded on a Pacific island

But he made it back home to Chicago

Everyone in our family was so ecstatic

Everyone in our family had missed him so


Not long after he arrived back home

Uncle Ray bought a brand new car

He took Shaggy and me for a ride

After showing it off at the local bar


He drove us to the big city’s center

It was my first Memorial Day Parade

My uncle soon found us a front row seat

The three of us sat comfortably in the shade


As the military bands went marching by

I saw tears well up in my uncle’s eyes

I asked him why he was crying so much

He said for all his buddies who had died


Soon afterward Uncle Ray got very sick

He’d come home with shrapnel in his brain

Far too quickly he’d joined the valiant fallen

We all wept at his solemn funeral in the rain


Ray’s old pal Shaggy was also now so very lost

He again went looking for him at that bar each day

They said his dog died lying there on that barstool

On a very sad Memorial holiday the very next May



He was an ordinary young guy

Who enlisted in the Army one day

He shipped off to the vast Pacific

He was my good old Uncle Ray



“What a cruel thing is war.”



©2007, Mr. Ed


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Reviewed by Richard King
Mr. Ed, This is a very touching write. I like it very much. I just sent you a message asking for permission to use an earlier poem of your's in a project I'm working on... Then I came across this one. Ditto that request for this one as well, if you agree to the use of the earlier poem we'd also like to use this one. Thanks for your consideration. Love your work, Dick
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg
i agree with Robert E Lee....i'm sorry you lost an uncle
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
A very moving tribute to your Uncle Ray .....M
Reviewed by Georg Mateos
The first Memorial Day after the soldier came back is one of the hardest days of his life.
Great tribute!!!
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
Great poem and a great tribute to a wonderful spirit. Love uncle Ray's courage to enlist in the army in defense of his beloved country. As for Shaggy it is just a sad story. Though it sounds wierd to wish death to anybody including pets, I think it was good for Shaggy to die than to live with the pain of a missing friend and soulmate. Thanks dear Ed for this memorial offering
Reviewed by Jerry Engler
God bless your Uncle Ray and Shaggy,too, Ed. I believe it's entirely possible that God has them together again. I don't know what it is, my friend, perhaps telepathy, but I just posted a WWII poem for mine, turn to see what you've done, and there it is. Of course it is the day for it. Just seems our thoughts are often on the same tandem. Your poor family, thinking he had made it. My father told me, "You never forget the first time you see friends die." War is so awful it is unimaginable for us who haven't been through it, even when we think we know.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
A tearfilled story indeed, both for your Uncle Ray and his devoted shaggy dog. War is a terrible waste of lives, but sometimes very necessary. Enjoyed this much.

Be safe,
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
In Iraq we don't know who the ememy is. Americans have killed over 70% of our dead.

Like the old saying. The American General saying what's it like fighting with the biggest. The English replying, What's it like fighting with the best...
Reviewed by Dale Clark
Yes, Robert E. Lee had it right Ed!
I lost an uncle, who I never knew, in
the pacific, he got malaria and died
shortly there after. I don't understand
war, not sure if anyone does.
This touched me, so very sad.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
Ed, this is such a sad truth that man from many generations have come to know...this not only touched my heart, but brought tears to Leah's eyes...Salute

Reviewed by Barbara Smith
Ed, this is so sad, but written in a sincerity of knowing & loving your uncle, those memories still linger in your mind and forever will. This is a triubte to you uncle...I'm sure he would be proud.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Too sad for words...e
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Great tribute Eddie!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
kind of sad Ed, but wonderful down to earth poetry to help us realize the sacrifice our soldiers make, have a great holiday
Reviewed by H Cruz
Touching! A mans best friend the very end.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester
War...uh...good God ya'll...what is it good for
absolutely nothin...
say it .... say it again

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*®
Dear Ed,

What a wonderful tribute that serves as a good reminder of what Memorial Day is all about.

Love & Light always and in all ways,
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader)
A beautiful offering today and a story shared by many. a fine tribute. Lady J
Reviewed by Jibril Mohamed
War is very cruel disintegrates nations, dismembers humans, dismantles societies and destroys everything. Just like Uncle Ray, many people in this world suffer and eventually die of post traumatic stress from the effects of war. We should always discourage the use of violence in totality.
Thank you Mr. Ed.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
thank you for this tribute which brought tears not only for Rat but for Shaggy's great sorrow-I remember Memorial day parades as a child-and explanations from my dad and grandpa about what it was all for
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen
This is a heartbreaking story, Ed, but I'm so glad that you were willing to share it with us. God bless.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
What a touching and sad write my friend. Words that will linger within my mind today and many days to come. Yes, war is a cruel and has affected so many lives! I enjoyed your blog this morning, yes too many do forget what this holiday is all about. At our graveyard service today we honor and remember several of our family members whom were in vietnam some lost their physical lives there, another who actually spent his final days here on American soil, but who left a large part of his life in vietnam! It's a difficult subject to talk about...but one that is remembered on this special holiday, not for just my family but for all the men and women whom have went to war for our country, freedom, and protection! They truly are heroes and deserve recognition and remembrance!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot
Indeed it is ED! Loving tribute to your Uncle Ray, and Shaggy..May they both RIP...Ty for this.

Warm Hugs
Reviewed by George Carroll
War takes its toll on all of us.
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