Posted by: notsofancynancy | May 28, 2012

A Veteran Died Today

I know there are not many left and with Mr. Glanton’s passing I have to ask how many vets die each day? I visited 10 different sites and although they vary, the estimation is 1,000 each day. That means today on Memorial Day 2012 about 1,000 vets will pass. Let us never forget!
“A Veteran Died Today” (Author Unknown)

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, everyone. And ‘tho 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 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 note his passing; ‘tho a Veteran 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 Veteran, goes unnoticed, and unsung. Is the greatest contribution, to the welfare of our land, some jerk who breaks his promise 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 service he gives. While the ordinary Veteran, 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 is 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 every waffling stand? Or would you want a Veteran, who has sworn to defend, his home, his kin, and Country, and would fight until the end?

He was just a common Veteran and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us, we may need his likes again. For when countries are in conflict, then we find the Military’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:

OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
FOR A VETERAN DIED TODAY.
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Responses

  1. Such a tribute to those who “fought the good fight and finished the race” (2 Timothy 4:7) in WWII. Its been 35 yrs since daddy died but he lives on in my memory and your dad in yours as the greatest generation. My mother told me an old German saying that went something like this: Your loved one will never truly die as long as you keep them alive in your memories and through the stories you tell they will live on in future generations. Thank you for keeping them alive – may we never forget them from the Revolution War, Civil War, War of 1812, The Indian Wars (in which I would like to include the brave Warriors), the Spanish/American War, the Korean & Vietnam Wars, Granada, First Gulf War, and those today in Afghanistan and Iraq. ~Patty~

  2. Thank you so much! I know I will never forget “The Greatest Generation.” Thank you for your fathers service. It is up to us to keep their memory alive. They did not see themselves as hero’s but I do.
    Thanks for your beautiful response!

  3. Thanks, notsofancynancy. A moving tribute to veterans. Good to be reminded. 1,000 a day! I didn’t know.

    • Thank you for stopping by and reading it. God Bless

  4. Thanks for sharing the interesting research. I’m amazed that about 1,000 veterans die each day. I won’t have guessed that it was nearly that high.

    • Maybe that includes vets from Korea and Vietnam as a part of those figures now that would be easier to understand. Also I know that a half a million men served in WWII. Although they did not all make it home that is still a lot of soldiers. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I cried today as I read this, just as I cried yesterday as I strolled through the memorial at Miller Park for Korean and Vietnam casualties. The MIA’s especially broke my heart, knowing that they are still in some strange land and wondering if they are at peace. I was comforted to see that some people had left flags and flowers at some of them and they are not forgotten. God bless them all and God bless those that are still fighting for our freedoms and giving of themselves. I pray that those that have come home, find healing of their minds and their bodies. Amen

    • And I cried today reading your wonderful response. Thank you…………We must never forget!

  6. Gave me the chills!!! Thank you.

    • Thank you for reading it and making it worth posting! God Bless!


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