People’s column

Somber words as holiday nears

Editor, OBSERVER:

With the upcoming Memorial Day on , I thought this poem very appropriate and I’m sure my Dad, now passed, had this special day in mind when he wrote it.

UNKNOWN SOLDIER

Poem written by Carleton R. Lancaster.

Rest soldier in your long sweet sleep.

The rumbling of the guns in war employed.

The bugle calling o’re the deep.

The silence of your tomb cannot destroy.

In peace you lie beneath the sod.

Your life you gave, your goal fulfilled.

Trusting men, loving God.

You rest where sound of shells are stilled.

Rest soldier in your long sweet sleep.

Around you peace and quiet reign.

The sentry now his lonely vigil keeps.

Honoring thee, that you may not have died in vain.

RICHARD LANCASTER,

Westfield

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