Every year we gather

To remember for one day

The lives of those who are no more

The lives of those who once

were dedicated to the truth that all men are created equal

that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are common goals

Goals worth fighting for

Goals worth dying for

if and when we’re called to serve


Today we hear the bagpipe, mournful

We see the dancers joyful, reverential

And we remember the space between the joy and the sorrow

Reminding us of the dedication it takes

to live a life of grace and good

A life worth fighting for

A life worth dying for


We witness shafts of light through the trees

A soft wind kicking up

And we bless the wind, the invisible wind

Telling us to look up, look up, always look up

To see the beauty

And the glory

And the vibrant spirit that blows through all of us

Reminding us to grow still a moment so that we might celebrate

This life we share together, here and now




About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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1 Response to Dedication

  1. bobmoore33 says:

    Beautiful!! Nice job

    Sent from my iPhone


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