Memorial Day U.S.A.

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Humid morning mist baptizes rural

community’s hushed burial grounds;

Church youth arise early to prepare holiday

breakfast in nearby park shelter;

 Hungry celebrants line up, awaiting

warm pancakes with smoky sausage;

 Friendly conversations intertwine; words

floating above steamy coffee cups;

 Veterans, Boy Scouts and bicycles are

decorated to parade down Main Street;

 Large crowd of multi-generations gathers under

flags flying at peaceful cemetery green;

 Rousing song, patriotic speech, humble prayer

offered gratefully for one nation under God;

 Tearful memories stir when flags lower to solemn

sound of drum roll, taps, and twenty-one guns;

 Americans honor the selfless sacrifices

of military families and our fallen heroes;

 We remember that peace comes with a price,

paid in blood and bravery for our freedoms.

Salute!

 

 

 

flanders fields salute

 

Distillation: “distill” long poem (In Flanders Field by John McCrae) into haiku

remember blood debts

white crosses stand,  red poppies

bloom in Flanders fields.

 

Googlism:  

red poppy is the symbol of freedom

red poppy is also known as field poppy

red poppy is a celebration of battlefield heroics

red poppy is most recognizable symbol for disabled veterans of many countries

red poppy is a symbol that brings home the catastrophe of war

red poppy is not to glorify war

red poppy is inherently a symbol of peace.

 

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