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anna_66
05-26-2003, 09:22 AM
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.

mugsy
05-26-2003, 09:29 AM
Thanks Anna.

zippy-kat
05-26-2003, 01:54 PM
very touching!

RubyMutt
05-26-2003, 02:22 PM
that was beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

lizbud
05-26-2003, 02:46 PM
Thank you Anna for posting this tribute. It really shows what
Memorial Day is all about. All those unhearlded Americans who
gave service with honor for this country. I salute them all.

iceyshiver21
05-26-2003, 03:08 PM
Beautiful.

anna_66
05-27-2003, 11:08 AM
Glad you liked it. That's what it's all about isn't it Liz:)

catland
05-27-2003, 04:02 PM
so true. thanks.

Chinadoll
05-27-2003, 09:35 PM
Amen! I'm going to send this Joey, he'll appreciate it.

anna_66
05-28-2003, 07:27 AM
Glad you liked it Chinadoll, btw...have you heard from Joey, or how he's doing?

Chinadoll
05-28-2003, 01:22 PM
Originally posted by anna_66
Glad you liked it Chinadoll, btw...have you heard from Joey, or how he's doing?

From what I posted in General:

Joey left the day after Easter from CA. Just this past week has he finally started getting mail. He's called a couple times...the last was yesterday. The connection was so bad we got disconnected a few times. But, he says he's doing alright, it's almost becoming habit now..even adjusting to the heat which he says can reach 125 during the day.

These last couple weeks he's been able to e-mail me. It's great. He's usually on at the same time I get to work in the morning and we can e-mail back and forth. Kinda makes letter writing almost pointless because it's taking over a month for letters to reach him and by the time he gets one, I'll have already e-mailed him about it. But, I still keep writing. I'd hate for a mail call to go by and him not to get anything.

I think he's really doing alright....he still has a sense of humor. A snippet of one of his e-mails to me after my graduation: "Congratualtions! Now that you're a college graduate you'll be making $100 grand a year...and if you believe that I have a roof over my head, running water, and ice in my drinks" Poor Baby.

anna_66
05-28-2003, 01:58 PM
Wow, a month to get mail:(
But it's wonderful that you still write him, I'm sure he loves every letter he gets, even if he knows what it's going to say;)
Glad to hear he still has his sense of humor.
I'll be looking forward to the day you get to see him again, what a reunion that will be:D