Visiting family graves and decorating
each headstone with a potted flower gives me
time to reflect back on memories shared
when our lives intermingled and to look
forward to future times when we'll met again.
Too many soldiers lost their lives in battles
to maintain our freedom and way of life.
I hope they realize our gratitude for their sacrifices
for service and dedication given so willingly.
whose lives made it possible for me to be born here.