Unknown Warrior

Walking into the depths of Westminster Abbey, my eyes are drawn heavenward.

The polished stone skeleton of pointed arches and round thick columns seem to

reach to the sky. This beautiful place is where kings, queens, poets, composers,

and statesmen are buried.

Next, my eyes are drawn to the floor of the nave–the tomb of the unknown

warrior. Red poppies surround the black marble engraved with these words:

Beneath this stone rests the body
of a British warrior
unknown by name or rank
brought from France to lie among
the most illustrious of the land
and buried here on Armistice Day
11 Nov: 1920, in the presence of
His Majesty King George V
his ministers of state
the chiefs of his forces
and a vast concourse of the nation
Thus are commemorated the many
multitudes who during the Great
War of 1914 – 1918 gave the most that
Man can give life itself
For God
for King and country
for loved ones home and Empire
for the sacred cause of justice and
the freedom of the world
They buried him among the kings
because he
had done good toward God and
toward His house

Returning home, the customs officer in the USA that checked my passport

was a young man with the letters USMC tattooed on his arm. I thanked him

for his service. The startled look and shy smile of this unknown warrior was

as beautiful as any of the sights I saw when I was traveling.

unknown soldier


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