Final Roll Call

Did you hear the sad news today?
Another "silent" warrior has passed away.
Called by the Supreme Commander over all.
Today he has made his final roll call.

Come fellow vets; let us reverently bow and pray
For our valiant comrade, who has fallen this day.
We'll drape his casket with a banner of beautiful hues,
Those glorious American colors: red, white and blue.

That star spangled banner he gallantly fought to defend,
Unyielding and undaunted, he fought to win.
He fought bravely and he passed the battle test.
Now the Supreme Commander grants him, "eternal rest".

With dignity and honor, we'll commit his body to the ground,
The bugler will sound "Taps" and we'll fire the volley rounds.
The final military honors we'll render somberly and ever so sadly;
"Old Glory" we'll solemnly precisely fold and reverently give to his family.

Each Memorial Day we will recall our fallen comrade names,
And attest that their selfless sacrifices were not in vain;
For this lasting legacy they gave to all generations;
"It's honorable to respect our flag and to defend our great nation."

So close ranks aging warriors, for our ranks are thinning.
We must keep on fighting and keep on winning.
With pride and honor we'll march and stand tall,
And we'll proudly - proudly - salute "Old Glory"
'til we too make our final roll call.

Note: One word in this poem was changed with the permission of the author. The word "veteran" was changed to "silent" in the second line of the poem.

By: Carroll R. Michaud
7046 Greenwood Road
Shreveport, LA. 71119

Thomas W Skelton Tony Radziminski Ronald M Arevalos Curtis E Swan Anthony J Sichenzia
Ronald P McCann John R Martin Thomas R Richardson, Jr Donald Belmont Conrad R Schott
AntonioVieria Da Luz Shane H Kimmett James H Dillingham Norma E Brown Johnny Cash
Asier J. (Jake) Hargrove Ralph V. Parks Mike Gomez Donald Lee Warren Cleve Wilson
Jerome M Wucher Bobby J Gilpatrick James H Hebert Robert J Stinson Walter R Danner
TSgt Glenn "Rocco" Lastes Robert Canavan William Baker Ernie Wilson Robert D Dutton
Dale Matejowsky Richard L Joslyn Arward C Williams Walter J Mercer Michael T Reardon
John S "Big John" Deaver James E. Cook Donald D. Neal Robert H. Bergeron Alan T. Hieronymus
Paul T. (PT) Doerr Larry K. Shuman Mark McCarville Doyle E. Larson James R. Pitney
Don Fisher Kenneth F. Wilhelmson Larry Eshleman Robert Gerard Brodeur George "Roger" Dumas
John Curtis Chipman Barry McBride Mike Doty Jerry Steven Keaton Robert G Lehman
Robert S Chew Roberto A Garcia Calvin P White Hank Connors Grover McMakin
Barry Matthews David Eddy Lincoln Gilbert Airlee Owens Marvin Fletcher
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