Christina A. Sharik


They are the protectors and the presence
the saviors and the swords
the peacekeepers and the vigilant…
They’re only flesh and bone –
easily destroyed
here today and gone tomorrow
leaving us in eternal sorrow;
They are our starlit moons
and our morning suns;
They –
are the Nation’s Guardians.

Author’s Note: Read at the Beverly, NJ National Cemetery ~ Veterans Day 1999: Published in Wisdom Magazine and used at the George C. Round Elementary School, Manassas, VA for their Veterans Day Project.