WWII Vet Shares His Profoundly Moving Poetry About His Lost Brother In Arms (VIDEO)
We all need to remember the true meaning behind why we, as a nation, celebrate Memorial Day. It’s not a day so much to celebrate, but rather honor and mourn those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the nation they were sworn to protect.
One veteran, Joe Bruni, wrote a very stirring poem that remembers his time spent on the beaches of Iwo Jima and his childhood friends he lost in World War II.
In Bruni’s poem titled “Ode to Joe” he remembers his friend Joe Esposito, who was a fellow Marine and grew up with him in Brooklyn.
Here’s the poem in full (you may want to have a tissue handy):
“Sixty years given me beyond your twenty
That precious gift denied you
That hellish day on the bloody sulfuric sands
Your right to survive as great as mine
Was denied by torn, jagged shell that claimed you and others
And spared me to retell
Your smile, as friendly as mine
Your girl, as warm as mine
Your future, as promising as mine
Yet I returned, and you were left behind
How do I respond
To those soulful questions from your mom
Did my son suffer before he died?
I said no, but I know I lied!
A youthful prayer comes to mind
“Lord, make me worthy!”
A Universal prayer:
“Lord, make us worthy!”
Of his death, his suffering, and those of others
Although I presently live
Part of my future death already remains with him”
The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform are more than any person could ever fathom to comprehend. They sacrificed themselves for the lives of others, for the safety of others, and selflessly represent the best of all of us.
We must also remember the Veterans who have returned and deal with the costs of war every day in the their mind. Many suffering from PTSD, and many still reeling from the loss of their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.
Please remember this Memorial Day the true meaning of the day. Remember those lost, and remember those who still suffer from those that have perished — the parents, the wives, the husbands, sisters, brothers, children, friends, and fellow troops.
All gave some, but some gave all.
Video/Featured image via YouTube
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