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A Stranger’s Sacrifice

Heartfelt Thank You

By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished 4 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read
A Stranger’s Sacrifice
Photo by Janne Simoes on Unsplash

Whitewashed, weathered tombstones laid out, perfectly aligned

In tranquil fields, emerald, green, personally assigned

A place of rest, kept for the fallen, for those they never met

Erected here to guarantee, that we never will forget

Smoothed surfaces exposed, to the seasons, as they pass

Neatly erected rows, in rich-green, manicured grass

The names are slightly faded, with respect, carved out in stone

A still, calming reminder, of the ones, who never made it home

They stand relentlessly reminding us, that freedom isn't free

Without their willing sacrifice, we would not have the rights to be

Free to live with freedoms, others died to hold onto

Cause freedom is alive, handed bravely down, to me and you

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Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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  • Mark Graham4 months ago

    Very nice writing and a view of a great place. I know it is late but hope you had a nice Veteran's Day.

  • This was such a touching and emotional tribute! Wonderful work!

  • With Veteran's Day approaching, this is a poem that should be read everywhere (even if it wasn't approaching, it should be read, lifting our hearts to remember).

  • Andrew C McDonald4 months ago

    Very well said. And so absolutely true. Thank you.

  • Joe Patterson4 months ago

    Wow Kelli!!!.

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    A wonderful tribute and although I've never been to Arlington, I've felt this every time I've visited a memorial cemetery. Well done.

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