VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE 2009 – ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson © 2009

A new overlook will be dedicated this Veteran’s Day at the San Francisco National Cemetery. These words by the poet Archibald MacLeish are inscribed on the stone walls of the overlook.

THE YOUNG DEAD SOLDIERS*
for Lieutenant Richard Myers

The young dead soldiers do not speak.

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Nevertheless, they are heard in the still
houses: who has not heard them?

They have a silence that speaks for them
at night and when the clock counts.

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They say: We were young. We have died.
Remember us.

They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.

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They say:We have given our lives but
until it is finished no one can know what
our lives gave.

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They say: Our deaths are not ours; they
are yours: they will mean what you
make of them.

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They say: Whether our lives and our
deaths were for peace and a new hope or
for nothing we cannot say; it is you who
must say this.

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They say: We leave you our deaths. Give
them their meaning.

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We were young they say. We have
died. Remember us.

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* from Collected Poems 1917-1982 by Archibald MacLeish
Copyright 1985 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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