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A Veteran Died Today (poem): Dad you are my hero, my mentor, my inspiration. RIP

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[QUOTE=Conservative Wife & Mom;138621][B]A VETERAN DIED TODAY (POEM)[/B]

He was getting old and paunchy,and his health was failing fast.
And he sat around the Legion, telling of his past.
Of the war that he had fought in. Of the deeds he had done.
Of the exploits with his buddies. They were heros, every one.

Though,sometimes to his neighbors,his tales became a joke.
All his 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 Veteran died today.

No,he wasn't 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 note his passing'though a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state.
While thousands note their passing, proclaiming they were great.
The papers tell 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 this land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise,and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in time of war and strife,
Goes off to serve country. And offers up his life.

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 offered up his all
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension small

Its so easy to forget, for it was so long ago.
That our Bobs and Jims went to battle, but we know.
It was not the politician, with his compromise and ploy,
Who won for us this freedom that our citizens enjoy.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand.
Would you really want some copout, with his ever waffling hand.
Or would you want a veteran, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and his country and fight until the end?

He's just a common veteran and his ranks are growing thin.
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, we find the Veterens part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor, while he's alive to hear the praise.
Then at least lets give him homage at the ending of his days
Perhaps a simple headline in the paper that might say
"Pay honor to this hero, for a Veteren died today".[/QUOTE]
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  1. Diane Stahl's Avatar
    Dad you are my Mentor, my inspiration, my hero. Rest in peace.
  2. Diane Stahl's Avatar
    If one is lucky, they will have the privilege of meeting a true man, soldier, husband, father, and grandfather once in their existence. I has the privilege to be loved and influenced by the best man I have ever known...my father, Captain William O Meyer

    Dad, put down your guard and rest now now. Your life-long fight for your country and family has ended and you were victorious in your battles and ventures. I cannot thank you enough for all you gave....I love you and admire you more than I can ever express in words. Rest peacefully now...your struggles, trials and tribulations were not in vain....your legacy will carry on.