A veteran died today….

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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’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Veteran 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 Veteran 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 Veteran
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 Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It is 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 Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran’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:
If you are proud of our Vets, then send this to them and tell them “THANK YOU.”
H/t FOTM’s Anon

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0 responses to “A veteran died today….

  1. My brother,Sgt. Kenneth Temple has since pasted away, was a die hard marine for twenty years. He served three tours in Viet Nam and never once were there any banners or welcome home to those who served in that vicious war. Is Viet Nam on the horizon with the middle east?

  2. Absolutely beautiful!! Loved it. 😢

  3. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful post, so truthful and on point.

  4. This veteran appreciates your acknowledgement of our service. This poem does a wonderful job of capturing the feelings behind why I enlisted in the USArmy. Thank you.

  5. Reblogged this on Your Dog Wouldn't Like It and commented:
    A Veteran died today. I honour him. As should you.

  6. This Vietnam vet says thank you Dr Eowyn for posting that poem, to all
    fellow vet, from all branches, living or dead, may the good Lord be with and stay with you always

  7. Amen to that.

  8. Poetry is one of the most efficient transmission vehicles 🙂

  9. Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

  10. What a lovely tribute!


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