This has probably been posted before, but it is probably buried well down in the archives. It is always worth a run out:

Just A Common Soldier

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast.
He sat around the Legion telling stories of his past.

Of a war that he had fought in and of the deeds that he had done.
In his exploits with his buddies, they were heroes everyone.

And tho' sometimes to his neighbours his tales became a joke,
all his Legion buddies listened for they knew whereof he spoke.

But we hear his tales no longer, for old John has passed away
and the world won't note his passing, tho' a soldier died today.

When the politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state.
Thousands note their passing, proclaiming that they were great.

Papers tell their life stories from the time that they were born,
but the passing of a soldier, goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
a person who breaks their 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.

A politicians stipend and the style in which they live,
are often disproportionate to the service that they give.

While an ordinary soldier who offers 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 John's of our country went to battle.

But we know, it was not the politicians with their compromise and ploys,
who won for us the freedoms that our country now enjoys.

Should we find ourselves in danger with our enemies at hand,
would you want a politician with their ever shifting stand.

Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
his country, his home, his kin and would fight until the end.

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are getting thin,
but his presence should remind us, we may need his like again.

When countries are in conflict, then we find the soldiers part,
it is to clean up 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.

Maybe perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that would say:
Our country is in mourning, for a soldier died today !

Author Unknown
Well said that man! I'm sure that must have been written a fair time ago but it still holds true.

With a frog in my throat, I say thankyou for that, pity it is not ten feet tall hanging in the houses of parliment!!!! It might remind those prats why they have the ability to sit in there!!! And why there conversations are not being carried out in German.


I read that with a lump in my throat but after I'd vomited at the sentimentality of it, felt much better.

Every night I should get down on my knees and pray that we are not inflicted, in this great country, with the appalling mawkishness with which the spams surround their 'vets'. I do not care what people think of ex-soldiers - many of whom are, as the Iron Duke said, recruited from amongst the 'scum of the earth' - provided that society does something practical to look after them.

Remember: old soldiers never die, they only smell that way.

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