Waiting for Peace

Unsolved by generations before, 
The problems are passed down,
Down through the bloodline,
Of each family,
Of each race.

The solution is wrapped in layers of
Laziness coming with each new youth,
Nothing but hope that dies quickly.

The weapons of every warrior,
From past, present and future,
Symbols that cause unrest,
Always surround when searching for peace.

Peace cannot be gotten by one man alone,
We all share the future. 

Image:  “Powder Monkey” James V. Johnston, 1864. Young Jimmie Johnston was aboard the U.S. gunboat Forest Rose with his mother when it was attacked by a Confederate force in Feb. 1864. When the gunboat’s regular powder monkey, who carried powder to the gunners, was killed early in the battle, Jimmie took his place until the Confederates were repelled. The crew presented this uniform to the six-and-a-half-year-old boy they called “Admiral Johnston” for his bravery. Missouri History Museum.

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Section 60

I know the holidays are over but I received an email last night that I thought I would share. I was aware that  the wreaths laid  on the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery every Christmas were donated,  but I didn’t know  that many came from one man–the owner of Worcester Wreath Co.–and that he hails from one of the poorest  counties in the country.  Here’s what the email said:

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths — some 5,000 — are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. Of Harrington , Maine . The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking cost as well. He’s done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

These photos were taken on December 14, 2013.

142,000 Wreaths Laid at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, 2013

Arlington, 2013

This poem was also included in the email:

“Rest Easy sleep well  my brothers

Know the line has held, your job is done..

Rest easy, sleep well.

Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.

Peace, peace, and farewell…”

Wreaths Photo - Viral Circa 2005  This photo went viral in 2005, bringing national attention to Wreaths Across America. (Credit: WreathsAcrossAmerica.org)

Wreaths Photo – Viral Circa 2005

This photo went viral in 2005, bringing national attention to Wreaths Across America. (Credit: WreathsAcrossAmerica.org)