Engraving moments and people

A quiet crowd had gathered. The curious pedestrians chose to walk in slow circles around the pole, not wanting to resume their hurried quests for warmth until they'd seen all of the engravings.

"What do you think they mean?" a woman asked her companion as they huddled together and continued down the sidewalk.

Don't call, I repeat, don't call police tips or civil defense
I didn't cry, I didn't laff, I got strong