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Donald A. Chase

Gardens of Stone

Every military cemetery has its own name,
But all could be called gardens of stone.
With row after row of white granite markers,
Bearing names of fallen soldiers, except for the unknowns.

These places are quiet and always well tended
And a reverence and stillness prevails at the scene.
Its almost as if GOD has willed it to be,
to ensure those resting here, have a place that’s serene.

For many of these dead, who have given their all,
took part in campaigns that did not go well.
And so paid the price that some battles charge,
leaving each cross and star with its story to tell.

These tales will not be of sought after glory,
for in warfare, only fools have such dreams.
No, the stories will speak of the unfulll – unfilled lives,
as many lying here, were still in their teens.

The years will pass by and the gravestones take on age,
and only spirits of sleeping warriors will now roam.
But homage will be paid, down through the years,
by those who know the meaning of these gardens of stone.

Donald A. Chase
15th Infantry Regiment


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