Veteran’s Day

Today is Veteran’s Day. Thank a veteran today for stepping up and doing what so many just refuse to do – which is take a stand and serve to the benefit of this country. Wars are fought for a variety of reasons – and many may disagree to the need for such wars. Regardless – those that serve and fight do so and deserve our honor and respect.

To all those Veteran’s that may read this – THANK YOU!!

Rourke

 

MSO reader Kerry sent the following…..

A POEM WORTH READING

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.

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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.”

 


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9 Comments

    • D.

      Actually yup – “today” is Veteran’s Day. The post is scheduled for November 11th. It happens to publish a few hours early based on time zone differences.

      But your right – a double reason to celebrate.

      Thank you all vets!!

      Rourke

  1. THANK YOU to all who have and are serving! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Marine Corp! This is one citizen who has nothing but mad respect for all you have done for us…

  2. I think probably all of us here (the kind of folks who are drawn to things like MSO) have a family history of service. Mine go back to the Revolutionary War, in which I know I had at least one ancestor who died serving the cause. I am not a DAR, but could be. To my grandfathers who both served and demanded respect for all who did, to my Uncle who was given the purple heart he never wanted and the one who did not come home…my brother who recently retired as a Chaplain after 35 years of service…my nephew serving as JAG..

    To all who gave that we might live freely, from ALL of my heart, THANK YOU!

    And, a Very Happy Birthday (albeit slightly belated) to the U.S. Marine Corps!

  3. Just came back from Golden Corral (free meal to vets). I met and talked to an old Marine sitting there in a lawn chair playing military music on a boom box, dressed in kaki’s and blood stripe trousers with dress white cover. I asked about his service ribbons….he was a China Marine! Only a handful of them left. I shook his hand and got back in line.

    About 15 later I heard bugle music. I thought it was his boom box, but turning to look there was this 90 something China Marine standing sharp as a tack and segueing into taps on his bugle. Perfect humbling experience.

    Just one of the reasons I am glad I am a Marine. Semper Fidelis, D.

  4. I usually get dressed up in my Class A uniform and attend a Veterans Day program at the elementary school where my sister teaches. Not this year. I finally took a day off. I worked most of the Veterans, Memorial, Columbus and Martin Luther King Days for about 20 years. Parades, ceremonies or just catching up on some projects without interference. Veterans Day is also my wedding anniversary. I should have a few off!

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