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Heard this on the Radio this morning and thought I would share.
God Bless those that have served and those now serving. Whether you believe in the reason they are there or not, please support them!
Bob
http://www.specialoperations.com/Stories/Simple_Soldier.htm

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
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

© 1985 A. Lawrence Vaincourt
 

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yes i agree monday is their day and we should all rejoice over the fact that our vets have given their lives for our freedom, i for one am very very proud of our vets and everytime i meet one i extend my hand in thanks to them and to all our vets that read this thank you very much for your sacrifice and i salute you cause you deserve it and more, god bless you............... :cool:
 

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Ohio 23 casualties

Akron Brownfield, Andrew D. Corporal 18-Mar-2004
Bellaire Bates, Todd M. Specialist 10-Dec-2003
Canton Ramey, Richard P. Staff Sergeant 08-Feb-2004
Canton Buryj, Jesse R. Private 1st Class 05-May-2004
Cleveland Sloan, Brandon Ulysses Private 23-Mar-2003
Cleveland Dowdy, Robert John Master Sergeant 23-Mar-2003
Columbus Ott, Kevin C. Private 1st Class 25-Jun-2003
Columbus Van Dusen, Brian K. Chief Warrant Officer 09-May-2003
Hamilton Rockhold, Marlin T. Private 1st Class 08-May-2003
Jefferson Smith Jr., Michael J. Lance Corporal 17-Apr-2004
Mansfield Vandayburg, Allen Jeffrey "A.J." Specialist 09-Apr-2004
Mansfield Souslin, Kenneth C. Private 1st Class 15-Dec-2003
Niles Baragona, minic Rocco Lieutenant Colonel 19-May-2003
North Royalton Christian, Brett T. Specialist 23-Jul-2003
Ohio City Gurtner, Christian Daniel Private 1st Class 02-Apr-2003
Reynoldsburg Reese, Aaron T. Staff Sergeant 10-Dec-2003
Somerset Neighbor, Gavin L. Private 1st Class 10-Jun-2003
Thompson Landrus, Sean G. Staff Sergeant 29-Jan-2004
Union Scott, David A. Master Sergeant 20-Jul-2003
Vermilion Biskie, Benjamin W. Sergeant 24-Dec-2003
Wilmington Conover, Steven Daniel Specialist 02-Nov-2003
Worthington Oberleitner, Branden F. Private 1st Class 05-Jun-2003
Zanesville Kinney II, Lester O. Staff Sergeant 27-Jan-2004

Lets not forget to take time to think about their familes to.
 

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I was just coming here to post a thread like this.

I called my little cousin who in stationed @ Fairchild AFB in WA. He has already spent some time in Quatar when the war broke out, now hes training w/ the Army for special opps in Urban Warfare, looks like he is going into Iraq in a couple months. I, with a small tear in my eye told him thanks for doing what hes doing. He came home from Quatar the night before his baby girl was born, now he'll be going back when shes approx 1 1/2 yrs old. He just tested for his Staff Sgt rank yesterday (said it didnt go so good!) but hes only 22 or 23, so he has time again I guess.


THANK YOU to all of the servicemen (current & former)!!!!
 

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Thanks Vets...god Bless All Of You!!!!!!!!
 

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To all the service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrafice-their lives. Thanks is all we can say, and it's really not enough.......... :(
 

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Its definitally more important to remember what those people did, in fact this is probably one of the most important holidays the US has and I'de say the least ammount of people pay their respects. All you hear on TV is "MEMORIAL DAY SALE" or someone happy about getting a day off of work for it. Try and remember the real reason we have an extended weekend.
 

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"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.

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."

-Anonymous
 

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If it were not for the Vets we woulsdn't have the freedom we would have today. God bless them all. I've been the Air Force for over 24 years and I tell you all the pepole I've served with make the differance and I'm proud to have served with them today as I was years past. Thanks to all of you you make us proud, from the guys from WW2, Korea, Vietnam and all that followed thanks again and God Bless you all!!!!!!!!
 

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Last night on the late news, they ran for an uninterrupted 11 minutes, pictures of all the women and men who have died in Irag. It was VERY sobering to look at each person on the screen. It was very sad, and a definate gut check. CATKING
 

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Sorry to get in on this thread a little late, but ALL the veterans out there have my utmost respect and gratitude for the sacrafices and the service you have given so that each and everyone of us can enjoy the freedoms of the country we all love. THANK YOU!

Barry
 
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