|public domain photo of the World War II Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, France.|
The Last Casualty
PSC / April 2010
He’s buried in Lorraine, France.
Imagine, if you will,
his mother’s pain
her young soldier son
shot by a sniper unaware
peace had already been declared.
True story: John Smyk, an uncle I never met, was shot by sniper fire several days after V-E Day (Victory in Europe) had been declared.
He was barely 20 years old. His body is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, Lorraine, France. Rest in peace.
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