JUST A COM­MON SOL­DIER

(A Sol­dier Died To­day)

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - REMEMBRANCE DAY - By A. Lawrence Vain­court

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.

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