Dedicates poem to American veterans

Editor's note: The following is a poem written by Robert Flanagan, of Bridgewater, in tribute to American veterans.

Tarnished Liberty

O Lady Liberty, what do you see

as dawn's early light gleams

on bloodstained earth

and tiny flags aflutter on fresh graves?

Was it worth

their artificial limbs

and traumatic memories?

Why don't the shrapnel tokens deep

within our wounded bring

due honor and respect?

O Lady Liberty, have we all

betrayed our veterans?

Why are they on wait lists

while tears stream on gallant cheeks?

Have we walked on their medals

in this land they keep free?