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    For all who served... THANK YOU!

    It is the Soldier
    by Dennis Edward O'Brien

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

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

    It is the Soldier,
    not the campus organizer, who gives us freedom to demonstrate.

    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.

    The Things That Make a Soldier Great
    Edgar Guest

    The things that make a soldier great and send him out to die,
    To face the flaming cannon's mouth nor ever question why,
    Are lilacs by a little porch, the row of tulips red,
    The peonies and pansies, too, the old petunia bed,
    The grass plot where his children play, the roses on the wall:
    'Tis these that make a soldier great.
    He's fighting for them all.

    'Tis not the pomp and pride of kings that make a soldier brave;
    'Tis not allegiance to the flag that over him may wave;
    For soldiers never fight so well on land or on the foam
    As when behind the cause they see the little place called home.
    Endanger but that humble street whereon his children run,
    You make a soldier of the man who never bore a gun.

    What is it through the battle smoke the valiant soldier sees?
    The little garden far away, the budding apple trees,
    The little patch of ground back there, the children at their play,
    Perhaps a tiny mound behind the simple church of gray.
    The golden thread of courage isn't linked to castle dome
    But to the spot, where'er it be ó the humblest spot called home.

    And now the lilacs bud again and all is lovely there
    And homesick soldiers far away know spring is in the air;
    The tulips come to bloom again, the grass once more is green,
    And every man can see the spot where all his joys have been.
    He sees his children smile at him, he hears the bugle call,
    And only death can stop him now -- he's fighting for them all.

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    Happy Veterans Day!!!!

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    Thank you....

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