Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego

DaGoddess @ 19:11

Memorial Day Ft. Rosecrans, San Diego

by Jeffrey T. Naas

On Rosecrans hill the grasses grow
Between the headstones row on row
That mark our place as in the sky
The gulls, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard against the surf below

We are the dead. Not long ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunsets glow
We chose for freedom’s cause to die
And now upon this hill we lie
As grasses green above us grow

We knew the price we had to pay
To keep the enemy at bay
We gave our all, we fought the fight
To keep aglow sweet freedom’s light
Remember this, we ask today

One thing we ask of those not slain
Will you fight on for freedom’s reign?
If war returns, as it well might
Will you take up the gallant fight?
Yes, answer us! You who remain

And so we lie here, asking still
If you, our sons, will have the will
To sacrifice as we did then
That your sons, too, may live free men
As we wait still, on Rosecrans hill


  1. Brilliant

    Comment by Otis — 2009/05/24 @ 20:31

  2. Thanks.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/24 @ 20:35

  3. Kicks you in the gut. Wonderful!


    Comment by Pam — 2009/05/25 @ 06:28

  4. Very nicely composed. :cocktail:

    Comment by Jan — 2009/05/25 @ 08:15

  5. Thank you.

    I wasn’t sure if I liked the fogged city in the background looking so much like the headstones in the foreground and then I decided it worked. And that tree? I’ve waited years for a single tree to be in the right place at the right time. I LOVE that tree!

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/25 @ 19:28

  6. It looks awesome – but flags? Where the hell?

    Comment by Temple Stark — 2009/05/28 @ 20:05

  7. National Cemetery, T.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/28 @ 20:12

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