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Just A Simple Soldier

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This is what Memorial Day is all about:  The Bobs, Jimmeys and Johns and now the Janes and Marthas.  At least one day of the year, we can give this much.





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, everyone.



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

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

But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for old Bob has passed away

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



No, he won’t be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life,

He held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way;

And the world won’t note his passing; ‘tho 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 of their 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

Some jerk who breaks his promise 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?



The politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives

Are sometimes disproportionate to the services 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 our Bob’s and Jim’s and Johnny’s 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 really want some cop-out with his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want 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 a simple headline in the paper that might say:




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How this got buried and never answered to without 1 post is a shame. I can sleep tonight that I answered it. 

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Originally Posted by meateater View Post

How this got buried and never answered to without 1 post is a shame. I can sleep tonight that I answered it. 

That's alright, I post this and a couple of others on the two boards I belong to every year.  I feel it's the least I can do.  Thanks for the response.  We all can sleep well because of their sacrifices.


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