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Reverend Coot
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With veterans day just round the corner, please read this. It applies most appropriately on that day but we all should remember these folks everday:

A Poem Worth Reading

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 Bob's and Jim's and Johnny's,
Went to battle, but we know,

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 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:

My sincere thanks ta all soldiers, past, present an those yet ta come. Yall er hero's each an every one of ya. May god bless those that give everthing they have fer us. So often, they are never told that they mean so much to us. Take a moment an thank a soldier when ya see em. We don't have to agree with the politics of any war er conflict, but the soldiers is simply followin his er her's orders, let them know we support them. Save the bitchin fer Washington.

God bless,
Rev. Coot

Comic Relief Member
980 Posts
Thanks, Coot. That means more than you will ever know to an old Soldier like me. So many of my buddies never came back. :cry: :usaflag:

performing monkey
4,230 Posts
It applies most appropriately on that day but we all should remember these folks everyday.
I personally thank every veteran I meet for their service, no matter what branch or when/where they served.

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Old Soldiers

My wifes calling in life is to document the grave sites of veterans.She drives many miles to many cemetarys within about 2 hours of where we live.

She receives requests over the internet,and other ways,for these photos.
She then will post a memorial page with all the info she can find on the vet with the photo.

The problem she has is that the flat stone or newer bronze grave markers are laid flat and are soon completely covered. She has to sometimes dig 6" to find the marker,clean it and get the photo.

The maintanance crews give her some dirty looks because she has to dig them out to find them. Most older cemetarys vet sections are completely covered.

I ask that all living vets and patriots get involved in taking care of these people that gave so much or it will be as if they never existed.
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