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Decoration Day – Anticipating Peace in a Poem from Frank Carleton Nelson

Yes, let us morn and recognize those who have gone before. However, let us be mindful that, one day, we'll be enjoying undivided peace.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day, in the United States, is a day for remembering. It’s about recognizing those who gave everything defending, protecting and guarding our country. Today, I am sharing a poem from Frank Carleton Nelson. Nelson was a traveling salesman and resident of my community who made a name for himself through his prose. He read his poems on radio stations, including WGN Radio, leading to him becoming widely known as “Indiana’s Radio Poet.”

As you are reading, please give thought to the message he shares. Yes, let us mourn and recognize those who have gone before. However, let us be mindful that, one day, we’ll be enjoying undivided peace.

Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, for there will be nothing to fear. The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has made this promise! – Micah – 4:4 NLT
Yes, let us morn and recognize those who have gone before. However, let us be mindful that, one day, we'll be enjoying undivided peace.

Yes, let us morn and recognize those who have gone before. However, let us be mindful that, one day, we’ll be enjoying undivided peace.

Today, in honor of the brave,
We decorate the soldier’s grave;
In fitting words and purpose true,
We pay the tribute that is due;
And unto God we humbly pray
That soon may come that better day,
When war forevermore shall cease,
And all the world shall live in peace.

Great glory to the millions gone,
Who died that we might carry on;
Who answered when they heard the call,
And bravely fought and gave their all,
But ever mindful should we be,
That though they died for you and me,
‘Twas but a lesson unto men
That war should never come again.

Aye, there’s a way if but the will,
For God ne’er meant that men should kill,
And to that end we’re coming fast,
When we shall profit by the past;
And though today we criticise
And scorn the one who nobly tries
To end it all, that day we’ll see
When war will end eternally.

And so, united let us stand,
Throughout our own and every land;
One thought in mind, one goal in view,
And God will safely bring us through;
For when it all is said and done,
No war has ever yet been won,
For, born of hate and greed and sin,
The victors lose although they win.

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About Chad Gramling

Chad Gramling makes his home in Indiana with his wife and three daughters. He’s the founder and primary blogger at 1Glories, a vision cast onto his heart and detailed in Listen Up Kids: Foolish Dreams, Syncing with God & Running to Win.