Happy Memorial Day  

angelofmercy5 60F
12148 posts
5/28/2006 9:20 pm

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5/30/2006 6:24 am

Happy Memorial Day

THE COMMON SOLDIER

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.
***

A. Lawrence Vaincourt

Take the time to remember today! Stop for a moment and pray for those that are still defending our freedom.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!


MaggiesWishes 61F

5/28/2006 9:55 pm

Beautiful indeed.

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Just my two cents into the pot

warm huggies sweet lady
glad you are feeling better


HighPocKets1938 79M

5/28/2006 9:59 pm

AMEN AND AMEN.


4u281 65M

5/28/2006 10:13 pm

You and are on same page here , When we the " baby boomers " are gone will anyone care about the sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents and their parents I don't think so and much less care by then this new living Constitution will have consumed all that made this the country that they who "we " honor this day fought and died for many were immigrants that joined this country and became it . Thank you angel , Lewis


HeartlessBitch69 48F

5/28/2006 10:55 pm

One of our CNAs just left today to go for his second time to Iraq. He came to the nursing home in his uniform to say his good byes to the residents. There was not a dry eye in the house! Our prayers went with him!


rm_gerson42 53M
2419 posts
5/28/2006 11:47 pm

Thank you for that.
Normally would not do this but like to add my 2 cents also
To My Father and Those Like Him

ger


Juliet610 52F

5/29/2006 12:47 am

I started today remembering my grandparents. Between the four of them, they covered the Army, the Navy, the Air Force (although it was called the Army Air Corps when Gramps was in it) and the Marines. I also remembered an uncle who never came home from Vietnam, and three nieces and nephews who are serving today. I thank all those who served, and ask God to bless them.

Julie


rm_unlistedone 67M
2718 posts
5/29/2006 1:20 am

I give a silent thanks for them everyday, Angel.
One other thing...

Vietnam Vets coming back, didn't get the most heart warming welcome home. (I hope it never happens to the ones in the Mideast.) Whenever I meet a Vet for the first time... I shake his/her hand, and say "welcome home." There have been more than one that has shed a tear at that moment... it's that appreciated.

From a Vet that was there, so "you" can be here... and safe. unlisted


rm_cru1972 46M
4407 posts
5/29/2006 3:02 am

    Quoting rm_unlistedone:
    I give a silent thanks for them everyday, Angel.
    One other thing...

    Vietnam Vets coming back, didn't get the most heart warming welcome home. (I hope it never happens to the ones in the Mideast.) Whenever I meet a Vet for the first time... I shake his/her hand, and say "welcome home." There have been more than one that has shed a tear at that moment... it's that appreciated.

    From a Vet that was there, so "you" can be here... and safe. unlisted

unlistedone, thank you for your daily support to our troops.

Vietnam Vets coming back, didn't get the most heart warming welcome home. (I hope it never happens to the ones in the Mideast.)

I hate to inform you, nothing has changed from Vietnam till now. I served in Desert Storm/Desert Calm, I spent 13 months behind the enemies lines. upon my arival back to the states, it was Vietnam all over again. I was called things, like Baby Killer, Asshole, and Murderer. That did not hurt near as much as the fact that I was there defending their rights to call me that. I have also heard from the newer arrivals, that they have similar stories. It is not for those people we serve, it is for the people like the ones in angels blog.
Never Forget


rm_cru1972 46M
4407 posts
5/29/2006 3:13 am

    Quoting 4u281:
    You and are on same page here , When we the " baby boomers " are gone will anyone care about the sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents and their parents I don't think so and much less care by then this new living Constitution will have consumed all that made this the country that they who "we " honor this day fought and died for many were immigrants that joined this country and became it . Thank you angel , Lewis
Thank you Angel

Never Forget


LustyTaurus 50M
21253 posts
5/29/2006 6:09 am

Awesome Angel...TY...


southrnpeach333 52F

5/29/2006 6:43 am

Lovely tribute...We must never forget...thank you for remembering.


lovemetouchme5 52F
2102 posts
5/29/2006 9:07 am

On one of the monuments in Washington D.C are the words "Freedom is not Free". I think those words speak for themselves.

My prayers go out to all the soldiers, past, present, and future, and to their families.


oldude1946 72M

5/29/2006 10:13 am

Thank You


campfirecozy 68M

5/29/2006 12:49 pm

Thanks for doing this!
Cozy


Looking0100 55M

5/29/2006 1:19 pm

Hello Angel,

I personally do not like war and battles. Which means that I do not like guns, knives, bombs, etc.

I have nothing against the people that protect this country from its enemies. We, as free people, do need protection, from those who would take away our freedom. I am grateful for such people. They work hard to keep us safe and comfortable. And that is a good thing.

Keeping in one's memory another one's past good deeds is always a special thing, something that you can place close to your heart or even be in your heart. However one feels about such things is important. Not the act itself, but the feelings associated with such act.

I do not personally treasure moments of lost heroes. But, I do keep close to my heart the memories of good people. I loved so many so long ago (at that time I never admitted such). I also keep in my heart those people who now touch it and keep me warm, safe, and loved.

Thank you Angel, for yours words on your post about the game. That must have been a real challenge for you. But, I saw what you did and I congratulate you on a job well done . Your response to my response is appreciated. You gave me a kiss on the cheek and I will now give you a kiss on each cheek. Thank you for accepting me for whom I am. I am doing my hardest to be a likeable person. Just to let you know, I will never again ask a woman out on her blog and I may in fact be leaving the blogs soon. If you like, you could visit my blog and leave me a positive note. That is up to you. You do not have to do this.

Your friend,

Jon C.


normalornaught 36M

5/29/2006 6:14 pm

This is such a good post, I seem to hate all politicians more each day, while every day I seem to gain greater respect for our young men and women defending this country. When you hear someone complaining about our youth today, I look at some of the young people serving thier country and know that things are just fine with our youth.


rm_SunnyD54 61F
94 posts
5/30/2006 4:10 am

Very nice. Happy memorial day.


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