If you know a vet who gave their lives in service, place their name and unit or go to http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/ and pick one. Latin phrase "vale" Latin phrase meaning "hail, brother,farewell." It appears at the end of a poem by Catullus: Through many countries and over many seas I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites,to show this final honour to the dead, and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent ashes, since now fate takes you, even you,from me.Oh, Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly, now at least take these last offerings, blessed by the tradition of our parents, gifts to the dead. Accept, by custom, what a brother's tears drown, and, for eternity, Brother,'Hail and Farewell'.