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May 27, 2019

MEMORIAL DAY

Have a good day, but remember — and remind your kids — why it’s called Memorial Day.

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Happy Memorial Day! Off to work for me

Amen to that, Dave. Thanks as always, veterans.

My husband and I saw They Shall Not Grow Old by Peter Jackson in theater last December and I saw that it's now available for streaming. I plan to have my family watch it today. I highly recommend it.

We owe so much to the men and women who serve and sacrifice. My sincere hope is that concept, that ideal, that lesson will never be commercialized, cheapened, slighted, or forgotten.

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.

@ wanderer2575 (and all others) -
THANK YOU

Most families can look back on loved ones who fell in battle. It has been this sad way since recorded history.
Years ago I worked in psychiatric hospitals with many veterans.
I learned some terrible, deep wounds received in combat go hidden and unnoticed by far too many. I wish politicians would have to work in a VA hospital a week to learn the cost of war.
To add a line to that wonderful poem wanderer 2575 sent:
A brave soldier lost his life in combat years ago,but that soldier just died today.

"I wish politicians would have to work in a VA hospital a week to learn the cost of war."

I would sign a petition to require that.

Easy for me to remember. It's in my name. I'm named for an uncle I never got the chance to meet. His B-47 and the tanker refueling him went down over the ocean.

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