I went into the park today
To leisurely spend a sunny day;
To leave behind the worldly woes;
To watch the river, as it flows.

High above, the soft, green leaves
Rustled in the morning breeze.
A friendly path gently winds
Past relics of another time.

Next to some children, playing games,
Stood a weathered plaque of many names.
I stood and read them, every one,
While the children reveled in their fun.

Those young men, whom we forgot,
Perhaps had played on this very spot;
Unaware, that someday they would give,
Their lives, for the freedom, that we live.

Tell the children of the toll,
Paid by the names on the scroll;
So they'll be ready to defend,
Our great country, to the end.

By: Thomas A McClure

Back To More War Poetry