all should read this

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by robertgreen_86, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. found this on another forum i frequent i though it might tuch some of you as it did me......I give a salute and a HOOAH....

    By Lawrence Vaincourt, RCAF Veteran, Second World War
    (c) 1985 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

    He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast.
    He sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
    Of the war that he had fought and the deeds that he had done,
    Of the exploits with his buddies, they are heroes, every one.

    Tho' sometimes to his neighbours his tales became a joke,
    His Legion buddies listened; they knew whereof he spoke.
    But we'll hear his tales no longer; he has passed away.
    The world is much poorer now; A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.

    He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary, uneventful, quiet life,
    Held a job, raised a family and quietly went his way;
    The world won't note his passing, Tho' A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.

    When Statesmen leave this earth, their bodies lie in state.
    Thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
    Papers tell their stories, from the time that they were young.
    The passing of a soldier tho', goes unnoticed and unsung.

    It's so easy to forget them, it was so long ago,
    When our young men left for battle, but this we should know.
    It was not the politicians with their promises and ploys
    Who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger, with enemies at hand,
    Would you want a diplomat with his every shifting stand?
    Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn we will defend;
    His home, his kin, his country; he'll 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 likes again.
    For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldiers part
    Is to clean up all the troubles that the bureaucrats did start.

    If we cannot do him honour while he's here to hear our praise;
    At least let us pay him homage at the ending of his days.
    Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say:
    Our country is in mourning "A Soldier Died Today".

  2. sorry bout that i really did mean to post it in the lounge
  3. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

    Roger that.

    I cant stand most people nowadays, for they resemble politicians: They go along to get along....

    A soldier, just goes and gets the job done. Action, not words.

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

    Yup If my dad was still around he'd be lookin around and shakin his head wondering why all he and his comrades shed blood for this pack of "whatever".
  5. Silicon Wolverine

    Silicon Wolverine Well-Known Member

    that was on the front cover of our local newspaper last memorial day.

  6. It's a good one. Really pathetic the attitude people have nowadays. If you watch youtube or liveleak for videos of soldiers, marines, and airmen havin fun over there, all tyou see in the comments is people wishing them death or injury and accusations of "wasting their tax dollars". It is a horrible thing that has become the attitude of our country.
  7. The attitude that the American public has towards soldiers is absolutely despicable. Honestly, America ( the general public I mean) doesn't deserve the sacrifice that the men and women make. I really can't see how they do it with the way they get treated. They are better people than I and Thank God for them.
  8. Very good poem there. Very touching.

    As to the people of this country, please be careful not to apply the words of a few morons to the whole. This is a VERY common problem these days. Yeah, there are idiots in this country, but I think the problem is being greatly exaggerated. I think part of the reason it is being exaggerated is that the idiots tend to be very “loud,†if you understand my meaning.

    The vast majority appreciate the sacrifice of our fighting men and women, even if they cannot fully understand it.
  9. I am very thankfull to be able to wake up every morning and enjoy the freedom that is ours only because of the sacrifices made by our brothers, sisters, dads, grandparents, friends, neighbors etc... I have not served in the military but I will defend this soil and this freedom from aggressors both foreign and domestic, for their families and mine till my last breath.

    It just seems so easy for people to forget that this country was built on the blood of our ancestors fighting for the freedom that they believed in and their legacy to be passed on to future generations.

  10. well put
  11. There are those that don't agree, but I will do it for them also. My wife and I do what we can for the local senior centers and other people in need as money and time allow. We also donate fresh veggies from our large garden. It is the least we can do.
  12. Heavy, but well worth the read!