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sasquatch
05-27-2011, 12:53 AM
I just wanted to express my gratitude for all those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces, thank you, one and all. And for those that have given their lives for our freedom, honor and respect. God Bless.

....And when he gets to Heaven, to Saint Peter he will tell, "Another soldier reporting sir, I've served my time in Hell."

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence 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 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.

1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

Souldat
05-27-2011, 05:01 AM
Thank you all for your hard work and sacrifice for our freedom. I added this post to the main page with the image I made. Hope you guys like it.


https://members.gunnook.com/images/MEMORIAL-DAY.png

sasquatch
05-27-2011, 08:18 PM
Like the pic, Souldat. I posted " Just A Common Soldier" because it really stirs my emotions, and reminds us all of the sacrifices so many brave men and women made for us.

lesclifton
05-30-2011, 05:48 PM
Thanks guys for posting, the story and image are awesome. I too would like to thank all of my comrades in arms.....past, present, and those who are no longer with us. We live in a great country and hope all remembers that Freedom is NOT free. My gratitude to those who support the military, law enforcement, fireman, EMS, and all others that make the world go around. GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL HER PEOPLE!.