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The Young Dead Soldiers...a poem

Memorial Day in San Francisco

The Presidio in San Francisco is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area It is also is home to one of our national cemeteries. When exploring the Presidio, hiking or running on the trails, slow your pace when you near the National Cemetery, and take time to reflect on the poignant poem posted at the top of the hill, above the cemetery.

"They Say We Were Young..."

The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeish

The young dead soldiers do not speak.

Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?

They have a silence that speaks for them at night
and when the clock counts.

They say: We were young. We have died.
Remember us.

They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.

They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
no one can know what our lives gave.

They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
they will mean what you make them.

They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for
peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,
it is you who must say this.

We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
We were young, they say. We have died; remember us.

National Cemetery, SF Presidio

 

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

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Comment balloon 7 commentsLottie Kendall • May 30 2016 08:32AM

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That is touching Lottie. Happy Memorial day to you.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 3 years ago

I find that poem to be hauntingly beautiful and meaningful, Noah Seidenberg 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Very nice. So sad to think of all who have given their life.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 3 years ago

Lottie- I had never read this poem but oh how beautiful it is. Thank you. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

Lottie I hope this was a special and safe Memorial Day for you and your family.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 3 years ago

Lottie

Thanks for sharing a poem the fills the moments on Memorial Day.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig 

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

As they say, only the good die young. I often wonder how these parents cope with the loss of a young soldier... it's so, so sad. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago

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