Do not blame us. Like our fathers before us, we did not choose the war. Nor did we choose how it would end. We did not choose to live. Nor did our brothers choose to die. We chose only to keep faith with each other. If you ever knew us, if you ever cared, if you ever knew a name on the wall We ask only that you remember, some gave what they had, and some still pay to this day for keeping you far from the abyss from that day to this. Mike Mullane
This poem was awarded Second Place in the 2018 National Veterans Poetry Contest.