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by Kaylee R. – 8th Grade

My classmates placing a wreath in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.

My classmates placing a wreath in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

 

“19, 20, 21, stop. Turn right, click shoes and count.”

A worn black mat under his shiny black shoes.

A sparkling wooden rifle over his shoulder.

 

Twenty-one seconds left,

Twenty-one seconds forward,

Twenty-one steps across the black mat.

 

Another soldier will take his place in the night.

But he will not be alone,

Three soldiers only known to God lie before him.

 

The white stone turned brown

In places shiny black shoes stood at attention.

Always guarded are the souls of the unknown.

 

Twenty-one seconds right,

Twenty-one seconds forward,

Twenty-one steps across the black mat.

 

The Sargent appears with a replacement,

But the soldier keeps walking.

Only when an other steps in with him will he lower his weapon.

 

Three soldiers only known to God lie before him.

Always guarded are the souls of the unknown.

Only when an other steps in with him will he lower his weapon.

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