POW & MIA: Never Forgotten
This is an excerpt from “The Battle of Lovell’s Pond”, the first poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at the age of 13, and published in the Portland Gazette, November 17, 1820:
The warriors that fought for their country, and bled,
Have sunk to their rest; the damp earth is their bed;
No stone tells the place where their ashes repose,
Nor points out the spot from the graves of their foes.
They died in their glory, surrounded by fame,
And Victory’s loud trump their death did proclaim;
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,
And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.
May our own children understand the depths of such sacrifice today.