"Lest You Forget"

In honor of Memorial Day, reflect on this poem by Pvt. Andre P. Fallwell, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge, 1944. (You can read more about the poem and Pvt. Fallwell here.)

Lest you forget —
We piled into assault boats bobbing high,
And charged the beach amid the thundering roar,
Meanwhile the winds and dismal rain whipped by
To watch us die
On Europe’s battered, bleeding shore!
We fought our way to land;
We left there in the sand
Our native blood. Although the sea
Will drench it clean, we claim our hand
Released the forces soon to free
Old Europe’s battered bleeding shore!

On, comrades, on! We stay behind —
The peace is yours to win.
The fight claims us, but you will find
Us here for all eternity;
As though we hadn’t been
The price for our posterity —
Do you remember when?

Lest you forget —
Our fight is over now, and it is won;
But we are not alive to share the goal
Of glory, Only see that all your sons
Recall our guns —
Before the drums have ceased to roll!

Our standards lie amuck
Where last we falling stuck
Them waving proud. Although the next
Will take it up, we claim our pluck
Has written freedom’s newest text —
Before the drums have ceased to roll!

On, comrades, on! We stay behind —
The peace is yours to win
The fight claims us, but you will find
Us here for all eternity;
As though we hadn’t been
The price for your posterity —
Do you remember when?
And after war deserts our kind,
Will you remember when?

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