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Veterans Day salute

Posted by Richard on November 12, 2006

 soldier saluting flag

To those who have served, and to those who serve today:

Thank you
 


It Is The Soldier

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
 

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Copyright Charles M. Province, 1970, 2005

http://www.pattonhq.com/koreamemorial.html

Papa, I love you and miss you. And I’m grateful.

UPDATE: Signaleer, who like my late father is U.S. Army Signal Corps, posted a great history of Armistice Day, which became Veterans’ Day. He began, appropriately, with Canadian Army Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields. If you don’t know about Flanders fields and Remembrance Day, go and learn now.
 

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