For those of us who write and read WWII fiction, May is month of remembrance. May 5th is the 70th reunion of the liberation of Mauthausen camp in Europe. To celebrate, I’m going to be hosting giveaways throughout the month of May here on my blog, my social media, and my newsletter! Stay tuned for a month filled with WWII blog posts, too. I hope you’re as inspired by the veterans and their stories as I am.
Over the years I’ve been blessed to interview dozens and dozens of World War II veterans–amazing men! They are my heroes. To kick off the series, here is a poem I wrote years ago for “my guys.”
I passed you on the street,
And did not know.
You are my grandfather,
And I did not ask.
I saw weak eyes,
Not realizing that inside was a warrior’s heart.
Tell me it is not too late, to thank you.
To applaud you.
Tell me it is not too late, to listen.
For your eyes have seen things,
Of soldiers and men.
And those hands,
Fought strong until they grasped freedom’s prize.
Those footsteps, steady and strong,
Once moved forward, facing death.
Realizing the cause was too great,
To stand and do nothing.
I will ask now.
And I will listen.
The warrior’s voice may tremble,
His eyes may tear.
But his stories will not be forgotten.
(c) Tricia Goyer
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