I read an article today about souvenirs and mementos left by loved ones on the grave markers at Arlington Cemetery. The story and pictures truly touched my heart. I couldn’t imagine being the woman newly married awaiting my husband’s return or the little girl wondering when is mommy coming home. In my mind, sacrificing your life for your country is and should always be considered above the call of duty.

I left a stone on your grave It was pretty and smooth and white It reminded me of your smile The perfect alignment of the light in your eyes Your heart full of laughter Sounds that we will never hear again Locked away within our memory Recalled in instances spent gripping solitude wishing your arms were near I left a stone on your grave Beautiful, black, and smooth all over It reminded me of your courage Your strength Overflowing and full of youth So many promises You were going to be a Lieutenant Colonel Captain Commander Brigadier General ATTEN-HUT! At ease… You are away from position without permission because we are missing your occupation of space within our lives Killed In Action 6630 gone 28, 26, 43, 32, 21, 30, 42, 39 19 Years Old So young There are times the silence of your absence knocks me to my knees The look in our child’s eyes when they wonder where you are The Birthdays, Anniversaries, First Steps, Graduations, Vacations Precious moments you’ll miss To us, you will always hold the Medal of Honor because giving your life for your country is “Above and Beyond the call of duty” in any given situation You were courageous Gallant Self-sacrificing Distinguished Our hearts have forever been marked Purple trimmed in gold in your memory My fallen soldier, you are now laid to rest

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