2018-06-08 / Society

The Old Guard

By R.H. Montgomery


Reid Montgomery on the parade grounds at Ft. Myers, Va., the day of Eisenhower’s funeral, April 13, 1969. Reid Montgomery on the parade grounds at Ft. Myers, Va., the day of Eisenhower’s funeral, April 13, 1969. You gave your all for us.
We of the Old Guard salute you.
We do not speak—we let our actions show our respect.
We carry you to your resting place in Arlington.
We do not speak.
We fire the guns three times.
We do not speak.
We listen to taps.
We do not speak.
We fold your flag.
We do not speak.
We march away to leave you in peace.
Our hearts are sad, but we do not speak.
We will return to your grave on Memorial Day.
We do not speak, but we will place a small flag on your
grave.
You will not be forgotten.
We do not speak.

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