Saturday, May 29, 2010

In Memorial, 2010

In memorial and reverence stand we
Held our right to be free
Hearts and souls in valor known
Right intention and devotion shown
Battlefields of victory and plight
Through all beheld freedom's light
Others before us in peace they lay
And gather in gratitude we this day
Sons and daughters, husbands and wives
Children of purpose have given their lives
The breath of freedom an endowment divine
Bequeathed to life yours, life mine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet of the Year
Orangetown, New York

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal's historic photo depicts five United States Marines and one sailor raising an American flag over Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The image is an Associated Press photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography. It was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945.

YouTube - National Anthem USA


  1. Thank you my Ocean Crusader - waves of love sent your way!!

  2. You may like to read some of my poetry Rose borne out of my PTSD