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A New Haunt for Old Heroes

The greatest generation finally gets their just desserts.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
May 28, 2004

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The World War II Memorial
at last is finally done.
It calls to mind all those who fought
that freedom might be won.

Between the throne of Abraham
and George’s monument,
the green-wreathed markers represent
the red blood that was spent.

They speak of battles long since waged
on foreign lands and seas
where adolescents came of age
while fighting on their knees.

Those posts of limestone fence the past
and block out needless noise.
In silence grandpas contemplate
the fears they felt as boys.

This ground is holy, temple-like.
It speaks of sacrifice.
It whispers "Peace must be maintained
no matter what the price."

And so with walkers, canes and limps
old veterans make their way
to reminisce, regroup and count
the cost they had to pay.

They say a prayer and wipe their tears.
Though stooped, they stand up tall.
Within a park that honors them,
they’re heroes one and all. 

Most holy God, I pray for these
now old and weak and tired.
Remind them that our nation's strong
by what they have inspired.

And for those who have long since died,
we think of them today.
May what they modeled live in us
as we clear freedom's way.

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Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009

Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.

"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world."Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer

"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life."Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist

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