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Without Ceremony

We send them out to risk their lives

And then, when they give their all

We hear their names on the news

Without Ceremony, and that’s all.

Each should have an Honor Guard

That’s shown for the World to see

That we pay homage to all those

Who died for us and Liberty.

Each should have their own caisson

To slowly carry them along

To their final resting place

Where they play, that mournful song.

But nowadays it seems

That all the Powers that be

Want them to return unnoticed

And, Without Ceremony.

“It’s too hard for the Loved Ones,”

If we Honor their Remains

They say, “Out of sight and mind.”

Will help ease all the pains.

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But our Government (and us)

is doing something that’s not right

Sometimes, Without Ceremony

Under the cover of night.

We have Celebrations

When the rest of them return

But, it’s those Brave Fallen

Who could teach us, if we’d learn.


They have finally changed the rules

And now, the Families will decide

With whom, and how, they’ll share

Their Hero’s final, solemn ride.

– Del “Abe” Jones

White Bluff, Tenn.