Veterans Day 2018

I went to my town’s Veteran’s Day ritual today at the local VFW. The closing prayer, given extempore by the VFW’s chaplain, a Veteran I believe of the Vietnam War was powerfully moving. I remembered most of it, which I give here.

It is the soldier not the reporter
who guarantees for us freedom of the press

It is the soldier not the clergyperson
who guarantees for us freedom of religion

It is the soldier not the poet
who guarantees for us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier not the college activist
who guarantees for us the freedom to assemble.

Let us not forget that. It is the soldier.
It is always the soldier.
It will always BE the soldier.
We should do better remembering this.

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Posted on November 11, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This is so poignant. Thank you for sharing. My son is joining the Marines, not the career I’d have chosen for him, but the career he is choosing for himself. I am so darned proud of him, and scared for him as a mother, but I remember my dead of WW1 and 2, and such fine men that withstood the rigors of war to offer these gifts of freedom to the world.

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  2. “It is the Soldier, not the minister
    Who has given us freedom of religion.
    It is the Soldier, not the reporter
    Who has given us freedom of the press.
    It is the Soldier, not the poet
    Who has given us freedom of speech.
    It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
    Who has given us freedom to protest.
    It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
    Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
    It is the Soldier, not the politician
    Who has given us the right to vote.
    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.”
    ― Charles M Province

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    • THANK YOU! The chaplain changed the ending (like I posted in my original post…but i think he was quoting from memory) but this is definitely the prayer he offered. I”m so glad you posted this — I’d never heard it before and it is quite powerful.

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