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  Honoring Our Aging Veterans
by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Friday, May 14, 2010
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It's early for Memorial Day, but these thoughts came to me as I thought about the life my father has lived. Men like him made our lives possible.

Honoring Our Aging Veterans


The Greatest Generation lived from day to day

With the Depression and poverty,

Ration cards and World War II,

Men far away from families

Not for a business trip or a few days,

In life-or-death combat for years.


They came home, the lucky ones,

And bore their wounds in silence.  They were heroes,

Their country proud, but they stood back,

Saying only, it was their duty to serve.


Families grew, housing tracts sprouted,

Wives wondered if casseroles, a clean house

And playing bridge were enough. 

And the fathers couldn’t answer,

Not having been taught

To use their words, except in anger.


They are old now, the Greatest Generation,

Each city’s hospitals and nursing homes

Filled with quiet eyes and rheumy coughs,

And memories of America united,

Giving all, saying little, hearts filled

With pride and love for freedom

And the USA.





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Reviewed by Sophia Choudhury 5/19/2010
lovely tribute there------mine is added
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/15/2010
Well said indeed. Except he doesn't love Albuquerque much. p
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/15/2010
This is a beautiful poem and a wonderful tribute to those who have served faithfully and proudly for our country.
Reviewed by pat medlin 5/15/2010
beautiful...thankyou eileen
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/15/2010
A wonderful tribute. I believe they are the Greatest Generation, and we truly all owe so much to them.
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 5/14/2010
I can't even imagine where our country would be today if not for our Veterans. They are all heroes in my eyes. Thank you for remembering them with your words.

Reviewed by George Carroll 5/14/2010
Thanks so much for this wonderful tribute to all us old combat vets both on land and sea.

Reviewed by D Johnson 5/14/2010
Tomorrow is a holiday, flags will be flown.


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Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead

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