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post #1 of 5 Old Dec 16th, 2007, 5:22 pm Thread Starter
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A Walk Among Heroes

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A Walk Among Heroes




I walked among Heroes today
And was humbled by their sacrifice;
They gave their all for me
So that I might live in freedom;
And I shall not forget them.

They were great men,
And humble men.
Some were leaders
And some followers.
Some may have questioned,
But they served none the less.



I thought about that
As I walked among them.
I have no pretentions about the ones
That questioned.
It was their right.
Is that not, after all,
The essence of what they fought for?

They were farmers and laborers;
Layman and Doctors.
Fathers and Mothers.
Some barely 18,
Some even younger
When they died.
Others were old and grey.
Yet to the very last one,
Heroes ALL.



I thought about our world;
How it was in the past,
And as it stands today.
(These places do that,
Is that not after all,
why they are here?)

I considered our history,
My history, and Yours.

I considered how for each act of Cowardice,
There are a thousand acts of Bravery.
For each Wrong,
There are ten thousand Rights.
The evidence was right here,
In the names on the Wall;
The faces molded in bronze
Lifted to the heavens;
And The Hallowed Ground
Upon which I walked.



It gave me hope;
It renewed my faith;
It lifted my soul;
It strengthened my resolve;
And touched my spirit.
(Is that not the reason
These monuments were built?)



As I walked among the Heroes,
In the distance were other monuments
To the Great men of our Nation.
Famous men,
Whos lives are celebrated
With Tall spires and richly carved
Ornate Structures of Stone.



Yet when I let my hand rest
On the cool marble Wall,
Or stopped to let my eye
Wonder up the long white rows;
Or saw Our Flag lowered to honor yet another Hero.
I knew that all those other Monuments
Paled in comparison to these.
These stark Testimonials,
Made all the more poignant
By their simplicity.

I walked among the Great today;
And my soul trembled.
I had to stop often
To clear my vision;
And take a deep breath and steady myself,
Before moving on.
(Is that not why these places are here?)



Perhaps, I am Luckier than some,
For I have my very own personal Hero
Among these brave souls.
I always stop and visit.
And when the tears cease,
I turn to walk among his Brothers,
And the heaviness of the past moments
Is lifted from me.



If you have never been here,
And walked among these Heroes.
You need to do this.
You owe it yourself;
And to them.
You need to come;
To cry;
And be lifted.
You will be all the better for it,
It Will forever change you.
(Is that not why these places are here?)

But before you do,
Be forewarned;
These places will strip you
Of your pretensions.
They will lay bare the truth;
That Great Men are thus made
By their actions,
Not by words.
(Is that not the lesson
Theses places are here to teach us?)




I walked among Heroes today,
And was humbled by their Sacrifice.
They gave their all for Us.
So that We might live in Freedom;
And thus it is our solemn duty
Never to forget them.
(What other reason could there be for building these places?)

Come;
And I will walk with you.




2007 Jeffry LH. Tank



(notes: This a compilation of several ideas. I got the idea from a thread that Kbase (on the MOA forum) pointed out recently on the adv forum called Walk With Me. Building on that theme I decided to make this one specific to a particular idea, Heroes. Since I live near Arlington Cemetery, the Mall and such places as hold many of our nations monuments that certainly seemed appropriate.

I also felt this was appropriate given the time of year and because I feel it is important to occasionally stop and contemplate what we have, as a Nation and as a People. And since I have access to these places that many may not from sheer distance I thought I could share these with others not so fortunate to have such immediate access as I do.

The pictures were taken over several years on different occasions as I have visited the locations spoken of in the poem and on numerous times. And it just so happens that one of my favorite times to make my visits is when it is rainy or foggy or just overcast, those type of weather conditions just seem to add something to the somberness of my visits. For me these are places of reflection and contemplation. Curiously though it was only on my last recent visit to Arlington when the realization came to me about which are the truly important monuments, to me this just says that there is still much to learn from these places and indeed, should you ever come, I would be honored to show them to you and walk with you awhile, Perhaps in doing that I will yet again learn something new merely by that sharing.)

If any should feel so inclined, please share with us something about Your Heroes.

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Ditto. Great Job.

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Very, very nice Jeff, my heros are all of those white monuments and names and statues that our in our sacred ground. As a second thought you might also wander over to legal square and if the spirt moves you create another poem about some of my personal heros, about 25 of them, who's names are inscribed for eternity among hundreds of others who died protecting the citizens of this nation. Brothers who I worked with and stood with to protect our homeland and the principals of the famous document which binds us as a nation.

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Thank you, Tank... thank you!

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