Honour and Sacrifice

Alors d’autres puissent vivre
(So others may live)
The brave fall in our stead
A medal and a star
Uniform, boots and a dog tag
Pallbearers and a flag across the casket
21 shots fired to shatter the brittle silence
A few birds flutter away, followed by heavy eyes
Tears, black figures and a heap of earth
More earth and a life of service is nothing more than memory
The nation gains a hero, the family loses a father
We can only say our prayers, but the void lasts forever

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