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Rated: ASR · Poetry · Military · #596827
A nationwide call for memories -

ANSWERING THE CALL

A nationwide call for memories
Took me quite by surprise;
It seems they needed someone
Who could see the need arise.

Not quite sure of how or what to do,
I gamely took the nomination -
For it was a call to meet and record
The memories of our nation!

"Go out and find the veterans,
We need to find them while we can;
For this history is fast dying,
And we've got just the plan!"

The Library of Congress and
The American Folklife Center too,
Wants us all to find a veteran
And record an interview.

For future generations,
Their stories must be told -
Not everyone will be around;
Some are getting pretty old.

So if you want to join the cause
And start answering the call;
Just drop a line to me for
I'll be standing near the Wall.

With head bowed and teardrops
Oh, yes, many will remember -
This is your chance to volunteer
What a great way to end December!

The veterans of World War I
And the veterans of World War II,
All the other wars they fought
To defend our country - and you!

Stand up for your country -
Show your spirit and your pride!
For there will be a veteran
Who will tell you of his side.

Some stories may be tragic,
As war is oftimes hell..
But we need to save these memories;
These stories we must tell.

Not often does our country call
For us to make a contribution
To the history of our land
Make this a New Year's resolution!

As for me, I just go out there
And do the best I can -
I am answering the call
And following the plan.

The Veterans History Project
Is something mighty fine;
And you can see and hear it all
You just have to go - online!

www.loc.gov/folklife/vets

Countrymom
12/20/02






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