We Remember

We Remember

Heather K Janules

Spirit of life and love,
God of memory, mourning and history,
Bring before us the truths of serving in war
Bring before us—
In compassion and in gratitude—
Those who faced violence so we may know peace

We remember these sacrifices through monuments
We remember these names, carved into stone
Inscribe them on our hearts this day
Inscribe them on our conscience every day
So, like the stone that bears their names,
Freedom from violence may endure
In our nation
And around the world.