Memorial Day 2012 passed with the spirit of our war dead and veterans in most of our hearts. I say most because too many Americans were too busy enjoying outdoor events, shopping, traveling or just resting to even take time to remember. Most never visited a grave site or even gave a moment of silence to those who perished defending their right to enjoy the national holiday.

Memorial Day 2012 passed with the spirit of our war dead and veterans in most of our hearts. I say most because too many Americans were too busy enjoying outdoor events, shopping, traveling or just resting to even take time to remember. Most never visited a grave site or even gave a moment of silence to those who perished defending their right to enjoy the national holiday.

However, those who did remember I am sure our fallen would have thanked you with a handshake, a salute, a smile, a whisper or a tear.
I want to thank the 1,100 plus who viewed my Memorial Day video poem “Please Play Taps for Me” on YouTube. Several hundred also saw it on my website Jerryplantz.com.

The messages and responses have been humbling. They are coming in from New Jersey, Nebraska, Los Angeles, New Orleans, even Iraq and every county in the Greater Kansas City area. An effort is being made to garner national acclaim so that a professional CD can be produced with proceeds going to needy military families, that one percent of the nation whose loved ones are protecting us every day.
To you who don’t have access to computers to view the video poem here is the tribute to the fallen.

Please Play Taps For Me
I never made it.
I tried, we all did.
Oh, that ugly face of war
I hope you never see.
I felt a higher quest
Among my generation.
That uniform and flag
Seemed to be calling me.
I’m no one special
But I proudly served.
And I was there.
My country tis of thee.
A fighter, defender
A number, a name
But it felt good to know,
They really needed me.
I give my all
That last full measure
Now deeply carved
On our family tree.
I see old men in uniforms
My mother, wife and son
And a man with a book
Praying over me.
Ah, to rest at Arlington
But they knew I rather lie
On precious hometown soil,
For my family to see.
And so my day is done,
But before I go,
While I’m no one special,
Please play taps for me.

 

To view the video go to YouTube and type in “Please Play Taps For Me” by Jerry Plantz.

Lest we forget.

I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.