Rest comrades, rest and sleep!
Please spend a few moments, at least, doing what is right on Memorial Day. If you have watched it in person, you should. It is, in a word, humbling. Listen for the rifle salute from the funeral in the background. Watch for the woman in the wheelchair who shows her respect.
Decoration DaySleep, comrades, sleep and rest On this Field of the Grounded Arms, Where foes no more molest, Nor sentry's shot alarms!
Ye have slept on the ground before, And started to your feet At the cannon's sudden roar, Or the drum's redoubling beat.
But in this camp of Death No sound your slumber breaks; Here is no fevered breath, No wound that bleeds and aches.
All is repose and peace, Untrampled lies the sod; The shouts of battle cease, It is the Truce of God!
Rest, comrades, rest and sleep! The thoughts of men shall be As sentinels to keep Your rest from danger free.
Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow