Three Servicemen Statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Washington, D.C.

I visited Washington, D.C. for the first time in 1996 and wrote this poem after touring the city. After watching the inauguration celebration yesterday, I decided to share it with the digital universe. There is no doubt in my mind that unless we learn how to work together – in spite of our differences – every life that has been lost in battle, every person who has been persecuted while waging the fight for freedom, and every beautiful memorial in our lovely Washington, D.C., will be for naught.


Eyes stare from the face of the black wall –
The children of many, the loss of one.
A thousand tongues become a single voice
That shouts a silent word.
Their strength lives in the grandeur of stone.
Their tranquility grows in the purity of gardens.
Their promise is captured in the light of hope.
Their pain cries in the shadow of nothing.
Their tears flow into a sea of white crosses.
Their comfort is the single flame.

The silent singers, though different, sound the same.
They gave their voices
So freedom could be sung.
They paid the price of war
In order to give us peace.
May we show the courage in life
That they showed in death.
May we strive to live together
As they unselfishly died as one.
May we honor them with unity.

August 1996

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I teach...media writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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5 Responses to Unity

  1. Karen Erwin-Brown says:

    amen sister. Enjoyed watching the ceremony yesterday.

  2. Wasn’t it so inspiring?…I am very proud.

  3. Joann Locascio says:

    It was great watching the whole ceremony yeaterday. As always, you’re words are fantastic. You always inspire me, my friend!

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