Memorial Day: May 29, 2017 Just A Common Soldier

By JimCampbell

May 28, 2017

 

Indeed, be it soldier, Marine, airman, and gunners from the sea, without the common soldier nurses and corpsman we would not be free.

Politicians, for the most part, are wimps who send our best and brightest off to die.

When and if they come home and ask the politicians none can tell them why.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day and never forget the sacrifices of many who made the day a national holiday.

This is something we should teach our children as to the reasons we celebrate.

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs are wonderful, but not without the meaning forever etched in the hearts of the young.

This is also a day to think about the loved ones and members of our own families, just think about the good times and let your heart become free.

 

 

 

 

Larry Vaincourt’s classic poem was first published in his 1987 Remembrance Day newspaper column.  There are several incorrect versions of this poem circulating the web; below you’ll find the original text.
 
is now available in PAPERBACK and HARDCOVER

For information regarding reprints please e-mail vaincourt@gmail.com
 
Note: This poem has already been licensed as a song and is part of a musical stage production. We do not authorize any other musicalization of this text.

Now a beautiful new recording by the legendary Connie Francis.
Avaible on iTunes HERE.

 Larry’s books and poems, including JUST A COMMON SOLDIER and Other Poems,
are available on this site.  Beautiful, often hilarious and always touching, Larry’s books make great gifts. For more information please click HERE.
 
CLICK HERE to enjoy a beautiful recitation of the poem by voice-over artist MICHAEL R. DUDLEY (announcer for Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall)
 
• Larry’s books are now a musical stage production.  To watch video clips from
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
 
He was getting  old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
 
And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion 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 soldier died today.
 
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.
 
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
 
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises 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 politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered 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 old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
 
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
 
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all 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.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
 

Played by Pershing’s own Buglers 5000 times a year on request.

 

The words and meaning of Taps in the Video below.

 

THE END

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