Kernville in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Kernville Veterans Memorial
American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action
The Loneliest Prayer
As I squat here in this lonely place
A man maybe even you forgot,
Am I in living hell?
Am I alive or not?
I think its more than ten years now
since my last friend left this place.
I guess he’s back home -
whatever that is -
among the human race.
Forgive me, Lord,
if I seem untrue
to the values of my parents taught,
to my thoughts of you,
of family and country -
those things I fought.
But, as I’ve endured the endless days
that dragged on into years.
I’ve battled with all my very being
To hold back bitter tears.
by now they’re nearly grown.
my poor wife – she’s had that too;
she’s raised them all alone.
I’ve wept to hold my darlings,
To watch my children grow,
to feel your presence, Lord,
my faith in you too show.
Bless me Father, and take this life,
please let it end today.
I wonder how they listed me -
P O W or M I A
By Hardy Abbott
Official Poem of the National Forget-Me-Not Association
Location. 35° 43.177′ N, 118° 26.271′ W. Marker Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the New Kernville Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Kernville CA 93238, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kernville (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bob Powers (approx. 2.5 miles away); Old Isabella (approx. 5 miles away); Campsite of Edward Kern (approx. 5 miles away); USS Arizona (approx. 8.1 miles away); Silver City Ghost Town (approx. 9 miles away); Onyx Store - 1880 (approx. 11.5 miles away); Havilah (approx. 14.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kernville.
Additional keywords. Veterans Memorials - All Wars
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