Sunday, November 7, 2010

Peace Triumphant

Rededicated today.
The World War One memorial
For all the soldiers
In Oak Park, Illinois,
In the United States of America,
Who sacrificed the life they had known
For our country
In the "War to End All Wars"
(which it didn't).

Not all 2,460 odd soldiers died
In the war,
But they all gave up all they knew.
They left as boys,
And returned as changed men.
Men no longer known
By their families or friends.
Men who needed to relearn
Who they were themselves.

It is fitting we rededicate
This memorial today,
When we continue sending soldiers
To new wars
   (which we haven't won).
We need to  renew our plan
For a changed society.
We need to redefine our obstacles
To Peace.


1 comment:

Missy said...

That's very nice, I have relatives in Oak Park (I'm from Chicago, just moved to Cincinnati some months ago).