A soldiers final inspection
soldier stood and faced God,
must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I
deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church
have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I
shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand..
expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in
It's the Military, not the reporter who
has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Military, not the poet, who
has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Military, not the politicians
that ensures our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's the
Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin
is draped by the flag.
Take time today to remember the more than 2400 people that dies this day, 68 years ago at Pearl Harbor
that is an EXCELLENT poem, and very well put. I hope all the men who have passed now have a great place to rest in peace. let's not have another day that goes by that the world forgets a fallen soldier, they've all earned the respect and gratitude and to forget that sometimes they were here or there is quite a disrespect for someone who gave their lives for freedom of the US people.
When I got off the tram at the airport yesterday, there were 4 older men holding full size (3x5) flags on poles, and they were there just to thank and give thanks to soldiers that they saw getting off the tram after there flight from wherever they were. It was heart warming to see a soldier get off the tram just behind us, and see these guys start clapping and running up to shake his hand; he was awestruck by the gesture