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Eulogy of the Common Soldier By Aaron N. Seesan
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Winter photo of the entrance to the Aaron Seesan Memory Garden Located within Lincoln Park in Massillon, Ohio.
Written by Aaron at age 17, Eulogy of the Common Soldier is a poem that transcends his death as a soldier while serving in Iraq. Originally published in a Massillon Washington High School poetry book, the poem was essentially unknown and forgotten. It was accidentally uncovered shortly after his death by the mother of one of his high school classmates. From there it as appeared on plaques and monuments, been read to members of congress and was presented to former President George W. Bush. Eulogy of the Common Soldier By: Aaron N. Seesan All mortal beings, which God brought forth, die the same Man is not exempt All will inevitably end as the dust from whence we came It matters not of age Do not mourn me if I should fall in a foreign land Think this of my passing In a far-off field a finer soil mixed with the foreign sand A dust that is American A dust that laughed, cried, and loved as an American On this plot there shall be A little piece of America, a patch for the free man Which no oppressor can take From this soil grows grass shimmering a little greener Brilliant emerald ramparts A Breeze whisping White Poppies with scent a little sweeter Flowers towards heaven Mourn not my terrible death but celebrate my cause in life Viewed noble or not I would have sacrificed and gave all that I had to give Not to make man good But only to let the good man live.
© Michael T. Seesan, 1999
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