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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
ON THE PRESENTATION OF AN AMERICAN BANNER TO CAMP ROCHAMBEAU BY THE MARQUISE DE ROCHAMBEAU AT TOURS, FRANCE, JUNE 1, 1918 Here is a picture I carry away On memory’s wall. A green June day, A golden sun in an amethyst sky, And a beautiful banner floating as high As the lofty spires of the city of Tours, And a slender Marquise, with a face as pure As a sculptured saint: while staunch and true In new-world khaki and old-world blue, Wearing their medals with modest pride, Her stalwart bodyguard stand at her side. Simple the picture; but much it may mean To one who reads into and under the scene, For there, in that opulent hour and weather, Two great Republics came closer together; A little nearer came land to land Through the magical touch of a woman’s hand. And once again as in long ago The grand old name of de Rochambeau Shines forth like a star, for our world to see- Our Land of the Brave, and our Home of the Free.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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