First Visit to the Wall

by Stephen R. Guilmet
June 7, 1994

On a warm and sunlit autumn morn
I was walking through the Mall
Following a path well worn
On my visit to the Wall

The granite panels stand in line
Against the mother earth
Softly, slowly marking time
For love and life and death.

Of Sons and Daughters gone to war
In another time and place
A symbol of the weight they bore
With courage, strength and grace.

From the Wall I heard their message
Sent out for all to hear
Their spirits always with us
Their memory very near.

I salute you men and women
For answering the call
You'll always be remembered
With your name upon the Wall.