Memorial Day – Decoration Day – USA

Burial at Sea 1944 - photo from History
Eulogy for a Veteran
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
–Author Unknown

Photo: from History.com, Burial at Sea – 1944


2 Comments on “Memorial Day – Decoration Day – USA”

  1. Anonymous says:

    On a thousand small town New England greens,
    the old white churches hold their air
    of sparse, sincere rebellion; frayed flags
    quilt the graveyards of the Grand Army of the Republic.

    The stone statues of the abstract Union Soldier
    grow slimmer and younger each year—
    wasp-waisted, they doze over muskets
    and muse through their sideburns . . .
    Robert Lowell, “For the Union Dead”

    Liked by 1 person

    • dievca says:

      I always wonder – is it better to have an empty grave to remind one to mourn for a soldier or is it better to depend on yourself to think of them?

      Like


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