For a dozen years following the attacks on 9/11, as we approached Memorial Day, I would read a poem on the air called "The Inscription".
It was sent to me by an Ohio listener named Paul Reside and was written by Paul's Grandmother, Annabelle Gunnett Jones, who composed it in 1932.
Annabelle was inspired to write the poem by her husband, a World War I Veteran, as a tribute to the Unknown Soldier, and was published by the Perry County Ohio newspaper on what was then called "Decoration Day".
On this Memorial Day, as we remember those who have given their lives in the cause of Freedom, I hope you will enjoy my reading of the poem from the radio show, which you can hear by clicking on the link below.
“The Inscription” by Annabelle Gunnett Jones (1:52)
I hope you are enjoying a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. God Bless America!
P.S. Here are three songs that I find appropriate to play today…
Stars and Stripes Forever
Whitney Houston - Star Spangled Banner
Ray Charles - America The Beautiful