Subject: Symbol of the Lost
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Fri May 28, 1999 at 10:51PM

Symbol of the Lost

On this day in nineteen eighty-four
A major event - the President oversaw
It was a Funeral for the Unknown Soldier
Which made us all - just a little bolder ...

In our quest to find out about the missing
From the rolls of soldiers who enlisted ...
To fight a war in a completely unknown land
Taking the chance they'd never return from Viet-Nam

And many did not ... for we lost over fifty eight thousand lives
Along with another twenty-five hundred who may have survived
But there is no concrete proof of those who may or may not
And so, this one man's state funeral represented the lot

Laid to rest after having been awarded the Medal of Honor
The nation's highest military decoration is promised ...
To all soldiers who are interred in such an event ...
A way to honor the memory of all Unknown Soldiers sent ...

To their final resting place, where their spirits can soar ...
Onto a quieter battlefield ... where there are no more ...
... Enemies ... for up there ... everyone is on equal footing
Regardless of where they came from, or what they believed in

It's a place where it doesn't matter who you are or what you did
For - up there ... everyone is unknown ... and - there are - no lids
For in a highly-spirited world ...
Flags ... do not get unfurled ...

For symbols ... representing countries
Have no more relevance than birds and bees
And all of the spirits can only sense strands
Of their awareness of God's greater plans

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
9:10pm Friday, May 28th, 1999