Until the human race figures out how to stand up beyond war,
some will go for the rest of us, standing up for us as best they can
and then lying down in peace upon the hill.
Let the memories of so many souls, so good and true,
be deeply honored and remind us of how short the time
to be good and true ourselves, according to our separate destinies
as persons and as nations; according to the perilous demands
of doing right things and the brief, precious gifts of our work and our love.
Let us keep the door flung wide to welcome remembrance, sunlight
such as the world has never seen, finding a vision and birthing
a noble truth beyond the combat between us and in us –
because we have finally learned the last meaning of their sacrifice.
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