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A veteran is one who, at one time in the past, wrote a cheque made payable to Queen and Country for an amount up to and including his/her life.



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 neighbours
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 they live,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that they give.

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 honour
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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A big thank you to all that served and provided us with the freedom we take for granted today.
My grandfather was born in January 1900 and fought in both I and II
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Thank you Brian for posting this. Three of my brothers served. Korea, Vietnam era, oldest one retired as a Lt. Col.--a missle man. My Father was born in 1899, served in the French army after WW I, Brother in law was in 6 Pacific landings in WW II.

I'm glad we're stepping out of the wars everywhere. The men who serve are great. From Korea on, the politicians who ran the wars disgraced themselves with their stupid rules of war. Eisenhower was right about fearing the military/industrial comples. Men die in war, but military equipment makers profit.
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Nam, 18 months. Retired in '81. I won't forget.
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Tis a pittance if time:
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Thanks, Ray...you beat me to it!
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Thank you to all the Veterans , past, present and future, for your services.
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Every year for the past 20 or so I was honored to be able to thank the man who lived to be the last survivor of Iwo Jima. He was part of the initial landing party and was wounded in the fighting. He was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war he returned hoe and operated a couple of restaurants and taught drivers ed. He sang in the church choir for almost70 years. He cut back on his daily workout routine almost 4 years ago/, on his birthday. Below is a YouTube video of his performance of The Star Spangled Banner Jan. 2017.On Oct. 30 he passed. He is missed by the whole community.
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