While I was talking with the salesman about the sculpture. I caught a glimpse of a man with long hair and beard wearing an old field jacket standing at the counter writing something on a piece of paper. When I went to check out this poem was laying on the counter and the salesman gave it to me.
FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND VOICES SILENTLY SCREAMING FROM WITHIN THIS WALL
FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND VOICES THAT BRAVELY GAVE THEIR ALL
A GASP, A SIGH, AND A LITTLE MOAN ALL CARRIED IN THE WIND
GENTLY WHISPERING THEIR WISHES AND THOUGHTS FROM WITHIN
FOR OUR COUNTRY WE CARED, WE EVEN FOUGHT,
LET THOSE THAT WAVERED HAVE JUSTICE BROUGHT,
FOR THEM THAT PROTESTED AND TO OTHER NATIONS WENT,
BE TRIED FOR TREASON AND AWAY BE SENT
OUR LIVES WERE SPENT SO OTHERS COULD BE FREE
WHILE SOME RESISTED AND THOUGHT THEIR IDEALS SHOULD BE
REMEMBER US AMERICA WE GAVE OUR ALL
WE WERE YOUR CHILDREN, THESE VOICES WITHIN THIS WALL
The inscription on the sculpture is "HONORING ALL WHO SACRIFICED FOR OUR FREEDOM"
There is also a bible verse "GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS. THAT ONE LAYDOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. John 15:13
I thought some of you might enjoy reading the poem.
David O. Williams, Jr
CW4 (P), USA
Senior Automotive Maint Officer