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  • Letter to the editor: A local poet's take on 'final duty to share'

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  • To the editor:
    Below is a poem I wrote, "Handle with Immediate Care."
    The Veteran Reserved
    Claiming more tears than glory
    The 90-year-old eyes
    Hold the 19-year-old in Normandy
    Operation Overlord 2nd Ranger Battalion
    Pointe du Hoc
    Still climbing those cliffs
    He only salutes the ones who did not make it
    Reticent at first, unstoppable secrets spill forth
    Eyewitness to history, it's not his story to bury
    But a final duty to share
    That which we must hear over and over ever again
    So honor comes with wisdom
    Real war a horror repulsive
    Defines way too many lives
    And fading voices warn what we quickly forget
    That every day there are more veterans.
    Margaret Sampson
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