My Memorial to Him

With great sadness and fond memories, I regretfully say
My brother was killed on Memorial Day
Almost 17 years now and so I often I think
How life goes by quickly, just in a blink

Strong, yes he was, a navy man, proud
I loved him so much, as could be allowed
Just 3 years older, the closest one to me
I wonder, if here, how different it would be

Being the youngest of ten was not a great thing
Not knowing the older ones, left me wanting
For he, my brother, my friend and my bud
Was taken from me, when he spilled his own blood

He had come back from the Gulf, to his wife and a son
The wife wanted a divorce, he reached for his gun
I guess he couldn’t take losing the war of his love
So he took his own life; hopefully went up above

Well, I know what they teach, that by doing that, no
Down below is really where he was destined to go
But, deep in my heart, where I keep him there still
I believe he’s in Heaven, now doing God’s will

With a family spread out, they don’t understand
They never really knew him, the brother, the man
But, I knew him best and therefore must say,
“I love you dear brother”, this Memorial Day

“Many years have now gone, I still think of you
My son born that year was named for you, too
So I’ll never forget you, there’s no memory end
I’ll always love you, my brother, my friend”

My Memorial to Him

Michael Degenhardt

Joined October 2009

Artist's Description

My brother, a navy man, took his life almost 17 years ago now on Memorial Day. I wrote this a few years back and modify it every year to post somewhere, it helps with the grief of my closest sibling. I want him to know that I carry him with me always and everywhere. I do not honor people on Memorial day because it ’s a day that still hurts me so much. I do however honor all those who died while serving our country, fighting for us, each and every day of the year.

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