Hymn to the Fallen Hero's

Young and aged, volunteer and career
men and woman of all races and colors
you left aching hearts behind

An eternal flame warms your names inscribed on
cold, lifeless plaques around this stone cairn
In the hearts you left behind; your memories abide
in undying gratitude

You asked nothing more; you knew the risks,
served without fear and paid the highest price

You embody a quality of which many only dream
Your selflessness for others is now your eternal crown

O fallen comrades, give us all this quality
that we may more fittingly prolong your memory

June 1999
National Fallen Firefighter Memorial
Emmittsburg, MD