June 6, 2013
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 from 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 just lived an ordinary,
And 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
The papers tell 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 is it the ordinary fellow,
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
The politician's huge 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, very 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 close at hand,
Would you really want some politician,
With his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Veteran,
Proud of his home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.
Yes, 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.
Perhaps a simple headline,
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."
PLEASE pass this on! YOU can make a difference.
If you are proud of our Vets, then send this to them.
You'll be glad you did.