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I was at a viewing and they read this and thought I would share it with you all





Originally Titled, "JUST A COMMON SOLDIER"


He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past

Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.


And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,

All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,

And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.


He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.

Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,

And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.


When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,

But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.


Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land

A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,

Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?


A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives

Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.

While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.


It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,

That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know

It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.


Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,

Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?

Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend

His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?


He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part

Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.


If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,

Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,

Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today



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This one really touched my heart... thank you for posting it.


How sad that so much of society holds up the tissue-paper people we call "celebrities" and call them talented or rich, and follow their every move. Often uneducated and drug-addled, their lives burn brightly and fizzle out.



Give me the simple, honest man or woman who leave their home to help the suffering, or fight injustice and oppression, to serve their country in hundreds of ways we never see. They return to uncelebrated lives with honest work and stories often untold.


It's been ten years this week since my Dad passed away. He is one uncelebrated serviceman who lived the rest of his life working hard to raise his family. His service to his country was unremarkable to most, but to each life he touched as a medic following WW2, he was a gracious helping hand and ambassador for his country.



Yes, we mourn and remember...



Thank you, SK.




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THANKYOUSOMUCH.gif for posting this poem.


It really is the way it is, too.


It has been less than a year since my BIL passed away and he was a WW II survivor.


At his funeral, we all heard things about him we never knew, we had no idea he had a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and so many other badges and medals. We did know he had a purple heart though. He just didn't talk about the awards he had.


These men and women have gone through so much for our country and get so little thanks.



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