a veteran died today

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Level 8

Since: Nov 12

Greensburg, IN

#1 Aug 21, 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 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.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."

“Towards Spring”

Level 8

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#2 Aug 21, 2013
Hoosier Hillbilly wrote:
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.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."
Interesting
and altho' moving.. remaining nicely balanced.

Very worthwhile piece.

Blue_Eye_Gemini
Level 6

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#3 Aug 21, 2013
I'm sorry to hear that! Who?

“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”

Level 8

Since: Mar 11

Rockin' USA ;)

#4 Aug 21, 2013
It is SAD. When a VET passes away..it touches you in a way that cannot EVEN be expressed properly..

It seems..that NO amount of praises would even be enough to THANK THEM for their sacrifice...

To protect you from Harm..When they themselves put their Lives at Risk for you.

To live in country THAT offers FREEDOM for everyone that Comes to live in America..

Say a silent prayer of thankfulness for ALL VETERANS and Those on ACTIVE duty...

For they are Unselfish in every way... for our safety..
Justy_unplugged

Atwater, OH

#5 Aug 21, 2013
Live your life, laugh, love, be with family. The soldier/veteran, may have given a gift but it is given without the thought of getting something back, it is just given, a place of personal self pride, the rest is just byproduct.

“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”

Level 8

Since: Mar 11

Rockin' USA ;)

#6 Aug 21, 2013
Justy_unplugged wrote:
Live your life, laugh, love, be with family. The soldier/veteran, may have given a gift but it is given without the thought of getting something back, it is just given, a place of personal self pride, the rest is just byproduct.
Looooove it!!

Very Nice, indeed!!

“Vintage 1949”

Level 9

Since: Feb 12

lightly salted

#7 Aug 22, 2013
Colorado Chick wrote:
It is SAD. When a VET passes away..it touches you in a way that cannot EVEN be expressed properly..
It seems..that NO amount of praises would even be enough to THANK THEM for their sacrifice...
To protect you from Harm..When they themselves put their Lives at Risk for you.
To live in country THAT offers FREEDOM for everyone that Comes to live in America..
Say a silent prayer of thankfulness for ALL VETERANS and Those on ACTIVE duty...
For they are Unselfish in every way... for our safety..
You and I have sure had our differences Miss CC however please accept my compliments for your post...and please excuse my reposting this touching tribute to those old warriors whose missions here on earth are now complete...

“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”

Level 8

Since: Mar 11

Rockin' USA ;)

#8 Aug 25, 2013
I Am Enzo - The Baker wrote:
<quoted text>
You and I have sure had our differences Miss CC however please accept my compliments for your post...and please excuse my reposting this touching tribute to those old warriors whose missions here on earth are now complete...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =YyZ9b4My6NUXX
Thanks Enzo..Did ya bring me some Glazed Donuts??.
Author Unknown

Jeffersonville, IN

#9 Aug 25, 2013
"A Veteran Died Today"

(Author Unknown)

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, everyone. And 'tho sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke, all his buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke. But we'll hear his tales no longer, for ol' Bob has passed away, and the world's a little poorer, for a Veteran died today.

No, 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, quietly going 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 sometimes disproportionate, to the service he gives. While the ordinary Veteran, 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 is so long ago, that our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys, 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 really want some cop-out, with his every waffling stand? Or would you want a Veteran, who has sworn to defend, his home, his kin, and Country, and 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, then we find the Military'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 the paper that might say:

OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
FOR A VETERAN DIED TODAY.

(Recited by then-CBIVA National Chaplain Wendall Phillips during the Memorial Service at the 51st CBIVA Reunion. Printed in the Fall 1998 issue of the CBIVA Sound-off.)

“Right click Left click Yay!”

Level 7

Since: Dec 10

Nehwon

#10 Aug 25, 2013
I've served my time so I can call myself a veteran.

But my time was a cakewalk.

For those veterans who were on the front lines under fire, I can say "There but for the grace of God go I."

For I may have been given orders to go there.

When you realize that your life is expendable with a word, you realize just what you have signed on the enlistment contract.

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