A Wall that Unites Our Nation

With somber gratitude for the Vietnam Memorial

Near to where Mr. Lincoln sits,
a wall stands
bearing witness to a conflict
that claimed countless lives
half a century ago.

Unlike another wall
that divides our nation,
this wall of chiseled names
unites us with gratitude
for those who died
defending democracy
far from home.

It is a wall that protects us
from the possibility
of forgetting those
who dare not be forgotten.
Peace to their memories!