A British salute to our comrades in arms... [Edited]May 25 2007 at 10:29 PM
Chappie46 (Login SeaBat)
Response to A special tribute for Memorial Day Weekend
Allow me if I may, in advance of Memorial Day in America, to post my poem below. It has been taken from a collection I wrote some three years ago encapsulated under the title 'AT DAWNING'..the poems essentially, dedicated to the men of D-Day in Normandy, but throughout the period 1942-1945 there were many D-Days.....thus my poems can be read as a dedication to all those who served regardless of the theatre of engagement.
My words also, which have since been reproduced world-wide, are raised in tribute to those who served and through fortune of war failed to make it home.....the poem below is dedicated to them and to veterans who lost good friends and shipmates.
In the Royal Navy the hours of sleep are referred to as 'Silent Hours'.......I find the term immensely moving when allied to those who failed to return.....sleep on.....sleep on.. through the Silent Hours..!!!
I STAND HERE NOW.
I stand here now..amongst brave men
With whom.. I've stood before
The last time...when we landed
On June 6th of '44
Back then... we were all young men
Eighteen.. or little more
Their lives cut short... that morning
On this distant.. windswept shore
I stand here now.. and wonder
What would they.. have become
Had they survived.. that morning
Their lives... allowed full run
One thing I know..for certain
Of which... there is no doubt
These brave young men
My pals... from then
Would be old...!!!
White haired.. with wrinkled brow
Just like me...as I stand here.....now..!!!
LST and Landing Craft Association (Royal Navy)
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