Happy Memorial Day
If you are able, save for them a place inside of you
and one backward glance when you are leaving,
for the places they can no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say you loved them,
though you may or may not always have.
Take what they have left and what they have taught you
with their dying and keep it with your own.
And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
Written by MAJ Michael Davis O’Donnell in Dak To, Republic of Vietnam on 1 January 1970. MAJ O’Donnell was Killed in Action in Cambodia on 24 March 1970