And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
For ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Veteran died today.
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.
We find the Veteran's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."
If you are proud of our Vets, then send this to them. You'll be glad you did.