red, the white and starless blue
fly at half staff all that day.
the town the flags furled true
Saturday morn in early May.
wondered who had passed away
did not hear the news ‘til late.
terrorists strike us this day?
tragedy become our fate?
evening on a train from town,
speaker on the P.A. said,
p.m. we will shut down
pause and pray for wartime dead.”
blessed myself and bowed my head
said a prayer for troops who died
World War Two and those who led
cause on whom we all relied.
a wondrous sight to see
Holland standing still in time
those who fought for liberty
gave their lives that I’d have mine.
– Remembrance Day in Holland
The Spirit of ‘69
2003 by Thomas C. Murray
herein with the author's permission.