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Just a Common Soldier (A Soldier Died Today)

May 28th 2014 9:22 pm
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I first posted this on Memorial Day a coupla years ago but I wanna run it by ya all again... hope it will give ya sumthin to think about fer the rest of the year.

"Just a Common Soldier (a Soldier Died Today)"
by A. Laurence Vaincourt

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 once 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 buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a soldier died today.

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,
Going quietly 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 often 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 is so many times that our
Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
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,
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who 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,
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 the paper that might say:

Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

May 29th 2012 at 1:33 pm

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.
Barked by: Ringo (Dogster Member)

May 29th 2012 at 8:04 pm

Dang right! Thanks Flicka.
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

May 30th 2012 at 7:49 pm

Thanks, Ringo. Growlmy works with the elderly and many of them are veterans of various wars...
Her jobs in the past also was with Canadian veterans, and they were equally interesting and worthy of out=r thanks, just as those here in the US.
Some of her European relations were veterans in the Dutch military...already in centuries past!
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

May 30th 2012 at 7:51 pm

Sorry fur the typos...tired growlmy!
Barked by: Ringo (Dogster Member)

May 30th 2012 at 8:30 pm

BOL... I got a human typin fer me too so I hear ya Jack! No prob dude... it's good to hear ya barkin out here.

Yup we've had lotsa allies thru the years & we oughta remember em all... if they fought fer freedom they deserve our respect no matter what color they wore!!!
Barked by: ♥ Anya ♥ (Dogster Member)

May 30th 2014 at 7:45 am

What a wonderful tribute. Mom always thanks Service People and the Veterans for their fighting for our freedom.

Thank you for the Message!

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