legacies

for some, upon their leaving
an era seems at end
though history
speaks differently
of gallantry in men

the few so well accomplished
by wisdom and by deed
encouraging
inspiring
those following to lead

successful, not unrivaled
they shared with us the cost
of bravery
of victory
humanity and loss

despite their heavy burdens
available the same
to calm, to teach
to aid so each
might hope to reach their aim

revealing dedication
the role of sacrifice
that compromise
the soul belies
as time applies its vice

and in that very moment
assured their cause is won
reflect, retreat
concede defeat
to see true justice done

their names, at times, forgotten
their spirit lingers still
and at our best
our goals are blessed
by no less than their will

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