One hundred years ago,
You didn’t know what would happen in twenty-five.
You didn’t know what battles you’d fight or letters you’d write.
You only knew that school was out and the heat was rolling in.
You are gone now, but never far away in the stories we tell.
You live on the pages with your sepia-stained insights.
You will always be the ones who raised the flag high.
You will always be the ones we will never deny.
Written by Mark Johnson on June 6, 2019
Photo of Violet, Thelma and Walter Johnson
1919 Bryan Hill Elementary School Picnic
St. Louis, Missouri