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POEM: What Memorial Day Means to Me

Millburn Poet Joseph P. Martino shares his thoughts on this day devoted to remembering the soldiers who died while serving in the Armed Forces.


America land of opportunity, home of the brave and free. Where the American flag and eagle fly for one and all to see.

Our nations flag ripples proudly in the breeze, from sunny California to the sandy shores of Maine, all across America up to the ocean seas.

Many of our brave and patriotic sons and daughters who fought on foreign shores, have now gone to their eternal rest.

On Memorial Day Americans honor our veterans, they deserve our praise and glory for they are truly our nation’s best!

Some made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe and free, they paid our future obligations in the name of liberty.

Please do not take for granted the legacy they bequeath, for these brave heroes never heard the words: ‘run’ or ‘defeat.’

So always remember and shall we never forget, to thank our veterans and active service men and women every chance you get.

That’s what, MEMORIAL DAY means to me.

Joseph P. Martino has authored over 165 quotes and poems.  He was born in Staten Island, NY, spent his Army tour in Korea, and then served as a New York State Peace Officer for 32 years. His quotes and poems are published worldwide.


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