A Soldier Died Today...

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by tkishkape, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

    Gore, Okla
    This is a classic from radio talk show host, Mike Wolfe from WJBO in Baton Rouge, LA. Everyone should observe Mike's "Never Forget Tuesday." Thank you Mike for your undying support of our Americans in Uniform.

    A Soldier Died Today

    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 '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 ol' Bob has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer,
    For a soldier died today.

    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 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 of their 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,
    Some jerk 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?

    The politician's stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are sometimes disproportionate
    To the services 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 our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys
    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 really want some cop-out
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier
    Who has promised 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 the paper that might say,

    as read by Mike Wolfe