Remember Our Vets.

Discussion in 'General OFF TOPIC' started by oldhippie, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. oldhippie

    oldhippie Senior Member


    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:
    A VETERAN DIED TODAY.":small3d022:

    PLEASE pass On The Patriotism! YOU can make a difference.

    If you are proud of our Vets, then send this to them. You'll be glad you did... Then send it to ALL your friends!
  2. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

    Very nice oldhippie.
  3. TomH65

    TomH65 Active Member

    Very nice poem, and very true.
    Here is a nice story of a vet over here who died at 99 years old with no friends or immediate family. His funeral is on Armistice day at 11am

    BBC News - War heros funeral plea attracts hundreds

    Due to the power of internet forums, his funeral is set to be well attended.

  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Very nice and how appropriate:s
  5. RUSHMORE_14

    RUSHMORE_14 Junior Member

    Great job with this one
  6. lorne

    lorne Senior Member


    how true and thanks for sharing this....some will never understand
  7. gator508

    gator508 Well-Known Member

    Very nice post oldhippie, very moving.
  8. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

    Nothing can be added to this to make it any more plain.

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  9. dbmg

    dbmg Guest

    I wish that society on a whole would teach our youth the importance of Veterans and what Veterans Day means. I know I try my best with my 2 boys to honor those who are or who have served. My kids had school on Veterans Day. What a shame.....:(
  10. mc2

    mc2 Active Member Contributor

    Very well put.
    thanks for posting.
    Thanks to all for your service.