Do you know who I am?
should for I am part of you
spirit is forever entwined with yours
my name is written on a wall.
you know me yet?
once lived and breathed as you
loved — and someone loved me
now my name is written on a wall.
that wall is not all there is of me
I am a part of all that you are
you carry me with you
— as I travel in the wind
love for our land has taken me many places
with names I’d never heard
I left a part of me at each place
I left a part of you there too
was at Alamance and Anzio
fell at Gettysburg and bled on both sides
The Little Bighorn
slept in French mud and sand near Baghdad
my life ended in Asia leaving my name —
on a wall
you failed to notice as I passed by you
I was a man and sometimes a woman
face in shades of white, red, black, and yellow
wearing uniforms of homespun, blue, gray,
you know me now?
was called to pay with my life
heavy tax to bear — but freedom is costly
only you can make it worth the price
You must make my sacrifice have value
For I am a part of you and your freedom
I am your past, your present, and your future
am not just monuments or numbers in a history book
And I am not — Just
A Name On A Wall.