Today is National Wreaths Across America Day, December 21, 2019… please remember in your thoughts and prayers, those who gave all that we might live free. Thank you!
For Those Beneath by Michael Romani Sharing a bottle of mental whiskey A shot for you; another for me That is to say at least figuratively Shared with those lying here silently That no greater love can be given Than to lay down lives that were driven By lofty beliefs in those things greater Believed before then or maybe later Here on this shortest of days And longest of cold, frigid nights We come here to bear our witness On this day of winter solstice Having entered the arched gates Like a trilithon pointed ever outward In honor of those whose fates Aimed so much higher and then toward Heroes all, who now at peace lay beneath As we reverently place each single wreath By some who have borne the battle and others Who simply recognize their fallen sisters and brothers Sol Invictus falls to Yalda on this long night While we know that our mortal prayers are heard By He who stills the very breath of northern wind Keeping dear the halcyon memories of lost friends We lay the garland of strength at each headstone In commemoration and in hopes that we might atone For every Christmas that will now be amiss As reveille sounds and with a salute we dismiss Looking on the endless rows of evergreen rings Hoping for such peace as these ceremonies by bring There in the mix of pine and freshly scented flowers Are the lost dreams remembered at this fallen hour Symbol of victory of eternal life over death These feeble gestures are all that we have left In purity, these are held out as crowns of glory Despite the tears and rage and never finished stories (c) December 21, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved
In America, 22 Veterans die by their own hand each day. An ungodly number of Veterans sleep on the street homeless due to a number of reasons. War does not end at the cessation of hostilities. Sometimes in the heart and soul of those who served, it goes on as it replays on and on despite their best efforts to find peace. Please remember the men and women who serve and have served our country during this holiday season.