by Catherine Anne McNeill
I walked along that long black wall, with names as far as I could see.
Friends I knew in childhood now etched in memories.
I've touched their names so many times, remembered them with love.
I walk along, the rain pours down, tears from heaven above.
I watch a Vet, deep in thought, pain across his face.
He walks a mother to the wall; he's taken his friend's place.
She reaches out to touch a name, the one that was her son.
They pause together in the rain, their memories a bond.
The men who fought, the men who died, their names for all to see
Their lives so brief, fallen short, a page in history.
We can't forget what they had done, so many years ago.
Sacrifices they have made the bravery they showed.
I walked along that long black wall, crying in the rain.
For all those men who've touched our lives, we'll never see again.
28 May 2000 (Source)
|PFC Charles D. Raver and PFC Christopher S. Bryant|
A CO, 1st BN, 7th MARINES, 1st MARDIV, III MAF
Killed In Action, Republic of Vietnam
Quang Nam Province
17 May 1968
PFC Raver is on the Vietnam Memorial, Panel 62E, Line 10.
PFC Bryant is on the Vietnam Memorial, Panel 61E, Line 24.
PFC Bryant was loyal reader STxAR's uncle. His buddies called him Steve. Both men died on the same day and were members of the same unit. May their memories always shine forth as exemplars of all that is good in this Nation of ours.
Marines, across the ages, I salute you.