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Memorial Stars

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We’ve flown under memorial stars

Covering our lost love soldiers

But not the remaining scars


Red the color bled

White the fight pursued

Blue the trumpeted tune

 Came the casket

The final wound


 Surrounded by color guards

Deaths 21 rifle song plays

His remaining platoon sang

Ode to a hero soul we owe

A wife and child trial beside his grave


And the Chaplin

And the marching parade

Escort the sunset

Into the next day

Where another son will lay


Hooray for the red white and blue

The total cost of the family minus you

As the soldiers all fade away

At home it’s not just another day

Her direction for life loses its way


Though both knew a price might be paid

Life is much harder from the grave

Real goodbyes were just fantasies

When real life loses its amnesty

The dirt, the worst of the pain

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