This is for all the old boys....

#1
IT IS THE SOLDIER

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

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.
 
#2
A nice and accurate sentiment.

I think it was FM BRAMALL OR FM LORD CARVER who said something like;- Without soldiers there would be no other professions, and being a soldier is the most noble of all professions.

Feel free to correct me on this quote.
 
#4
I feel I should add one I read in a book a while back:

"If you can read this, thank a teacher.
Because it's in English, thank a soldier."
 

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