Archibald MacLeish was a 20th century poet, author and three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He wrote the following about the lost soldier:
We were young. We have died.We do remember and celebrate you this day. It is an honor to be called your sons and daughters.
We have done what we could but until
It is finished it is not done.
We have given our lives but until it is
Finished no one can know what our lives gave.
Our deaths are not ours; they are
Yours, they will mean what you make them.
Whether for peace, a new hope or nothing
We cannot say; it is you who must say this.
We leave you our deaths, give them
We were young. We have died.
You beseech us: “We leave you our deaths, give them their meaning.”
You have done this already, Confederate Soldier. What more could we say in our meager way that you have not already declared by your valor, selflessness and unflinching dedication to the cause of Founding Rights. It is our challenge to defend you from those who would define your sacrifices in infamy and fallacy.
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