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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' 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.
Memorial Day May 30, 2022 As we bite into our burger and laughter fills the air, let us think back and remember those who are missing from the festivities of the day and dwell for a moment upon their sacrifices on the field of battle so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms that surround us. Also, allow your mind to focus on the loved ones left behind and the companions who returned from war without their comrades and who, in many cases, witnessed their passing and prayed for God to bless and comfort their families and friends. Is it too much to ask for the remembrance of one who put their life on the line for you? Shouldn’t they be remembered for the heroism they performed on your behalf? Shouldn’t we lay upon their grave a wreath of flowers born of the colors of the flag they chose to serve? Shouldn’t the red, white, and blue be placed in reverential fashion to honor their actions as protectors of the land they loved? My hope is that these thoughts are foremost in the minds of those who love this nation and what it represents. I pray to God that we always remember that freedom is a gift. Freedom is a treasure that is often easy to take for granted. We should be grateful that there are people who are willing to sacrifice their lives and show by their actions the love that they have for their fellow man. I was blessed to have been in the company of such patriots who returned home wrapped in the flag they so loved. I am honored to have served with them and pray that God will comfort their families and friends on this solemn day. May God grant them peace.
Be safe and know you are loved,