A Veteran Died Today

  1. He was getting old and gray
    With a little bit of fat,
    And he told a lot of stories
    That were mostly of the past.

    And though sometimes,
    To his neighbors,
    His tales became a joke,
    His buddies knew whereof he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer,
    For he has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer,
    For a veteran died today.

    No he won't be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job, and raised a family,
    Quietly going on his way,
    And the world won't know his passing,
    Though a veteran died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim they were so great.

    Papers tell their stories,
    From the time they were young,
    While the passing of a veteran,
    Goes unnoticed and unsung.

    The politician's stipend,
    And the style in which they live,
    Are sometimes disproportionate
    To the service that they give.

    While the ordinary veteran,
    Who has offered up his all,
    Is paid with but a medal,
    And perhaps a pension small.

    It was not the politicians
    And their compromise and ploys
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    While he was proud to be a veteran,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    His presence should remind us
    We may need his like again.

    For when countries are in conflict
    We find the Military's part,
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That others seem to 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 a simple headline
    In a paper that might say
    "Our Country is in Mourning,
    For a Veteran Died Today."

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    Last edit by 2ndCareerRN on Nov 12, '02
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  3. by   Jenny P
    Thanks, Bob, this poem brought tears to my eyes. I do love poetry.
  4. by   JonRN
    Thanks for sharing this Bob, I am forwarding it to all my buds on the net. Brought a tear to my tired old eyes.
  5. by   Mkue
    Thanks for sharing Bob Very nice poem.
  6. by   karenG
    nice poem- and very apt given that we have just celebrated Rememberance Sunday here.


  7. by   baseline
    Thank you for sharing that lovely poem.
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  9. by   LasVegasRN
    Touching, and so true. So many of the WWI and WWII Vets are leaving us now. TOO MANY of Vietnam Vets are leaving early from multiple myeloma, multiple sclerosis and heart disease.

    Don't ever forget....
  10. by   micro
    Thank you for that. I truly value the sentiment. I am not a veteran, but know many that are both today and from the past.
    My father is a WWII veteran. War is such a horrid event, and those that choose to protect and serve their country and "their world" in times of war......our hats cannot go off to them enough for their singular, simple sacrifice and for some their ultimate sacrifice.
    Thank you for the reminder of what has been done for us.

    May the world have and retain much peace.

  11. by   renerian
    Nice poem. Brought tears to my eyes. My FIL is a WW2 vet and tells stories. My father was a WW2 vet but never talked about it. He was in a burn unit for six months after his ship was hit by a kama kazi plane. Lots of suffering.

  12. by   JedsMom
    Thank you, thank you for that awsome poem. My grandpa is a WWll vet and my husband is a Vietnam vet. My baby boy just did the delayed entry for the Marine Corp this summer and will be leaving for boot camp June 2003. Thanks for reminding us. God Bless America
  13. by   renerian
    Jedsmom that is so neat your son enlisted. What a brave young man..............

    Tipping my hat,

  14. by   JedsMom
    Thanks! I'm very proud of him but sad for myself I know he'll do a good job but I will miss him so much. God Bless America