By Betty McClure
In peaceful slumber they all sleep, these
Veterans, row on row
With headstones placed symmetrically as one
looks to an fro.
No matter which direction or no matter
where one stands
These headstones stand straight in a row
throughout this hallowed land.
They've fought the battles, won the peace,
but did not die in vain,
The flag is lowered, all is still except
for "Taps" refrain.
They've lives the same as you and I, they've
laughed, they've played, they've cried.
They fought the struggle to the end and for
our peace, they died.
We are here to dedicate ourselves in making
That throughout all the lasting years, their
peace will still endure.
No one will ever desecrate, no litter will
Upon their home of peaceful rest, here in
this hallowed ground.
We still have many veterans who have earned
the right to sleep
Here in this peaceful hallowed ground, our
promise we will keep.
With solemn grace and dignity, we'll place
them here to rest.
With grateful prayers we'll thank them
for they gave their very best.
Salute them as you pass them by although
they will not see,
They've earned the right to our respect,
they died with dignity.
Their fears and pains are over, no longer
is their strife.
Gratefully, we thank them for they gave
us their life.
Betty McClure is a retired secretary at Fort Scott National Cemetery