Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A Veteran Died today

Go getem Digger.

This just dropped into my e-mail
No name attached to it
I believe it's worth a read.

What do you think?

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

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

'Tho sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
his buddies listened quietly for they knew of where he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer, for ole Joe has passed away,
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, quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way;
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, proclaiming 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.
Someone who breaks his promises deceiving 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 he lives,
are often disproportionate,to the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran, who offered up his all,
Is paid off  with a medal and perhaps a pension, small?

Is it not the politicians with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom 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 hand?

Or would you want a Veteran, his home his country, his kin
Just a common Veteran, who will 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 for men like him.

For when counties are in conflict, we find the Veterans 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 lets give him homage at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline, in the paper that might say.

"Our Country is in morning a Veteran died today"

This of course could speak to every country in the world.
I don't know where it's from or who wrote it?
I would bet my last cheese and pickle sandwich it was written in Australia, but I don't really know, just let me say;
I am proud of our Veterans each and every one, in all countries of the world.

Well Digger! let  me say, you're a veteran! what more is there to say.

"With the going down of the sun we will remember you" Digger.

Did't they do well?



  1. What a meaningful post! Every time I see a veteran (if they have a hat, a coat or something identifying them) I thank them for serving my country and helping to secure my freedom. Veterans do so much for us and each and every one of them should be respected, acknowledged and remembered. Thanks for posting this!

  2. Wonderful words Agman, and yes they did do well, and we will remember them. Barbara.

  3. He lived an ordinary quiet sort of life? Truly, he should be honored for his sacrifices, then living a quiet life - a true hero.

    1. So true? thank you Donna, may your road be long and full og happiness. Thank you for your visit to me


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