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Happy Veteran’s Day From One Veteran to Another – Favorite Veteran Poems

on November 11, 2017

 Celebrate Veteran’s Day with these beautiful and insightful poems:

What is a Veteran

At home our “war” for freedom
Is sadly overdue;
Let’s respect them for their courage;
They’re ready to do what’s right
To keep America safe,
So we can sleep better at night.

Let’s support and defend our soldiers,
Whose hardships are brutal and cruel,
Whose discipline we can’t imagine,
Who follow each order and rule.

Here’s to those who choose to be warriors
And their helpers good and true;
They’re fighting for American values;
They’re fighting for me and you.

clad in rags, he wanders on Wall Street
he is invisible to hustling stock brokers
he is a man with no money, no property
a hapless struggler of excessive loan burdens
bitter winter winds blow across Broadway
he is invisible to affluent theatre-goers wearing warm winter coats
he is a man who watches them scurry past the cardboard box that is his bed
like a rain-dog, huddling in the shadows of alleys and doorways
he hears deafening explosions of New Year fireworks
he is invisible to the revellers
he is a man who cowers, recalling gunfire of a war he fought
echoing through his mind in restless nights
the incessant thumping of traumatic stress
he is invisible…a victim of post-Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq
who once bore a uniform and served his country with pride
he is invisible suffering alone, paying the price
through severe disabilities and permanent scars
with sadness, he watches voters going to the polls
he is invisible, a veteran with no voice in elections
he is a man who cannot vote without an “address”
a placard on a pavement might catch the eye
unemployed, homeless, unseen
but most of all forgotten
he is a man who seems invisible
but he is still a man


Thè Làst Soldìèr

Whèn thè làst soldìèr pàssès on,
Whèn àrmìès àrè dìsbàndèd ànd mìlìtìàs dìschàrgèd,
Whèn wèàpons àrè àbàndonèd ànd àrmor dìscàrdèd,
Your mìssìon wìll, àt làst, bè ovèr.
For you know thè soldìèr’s sècrèt.
Yours wàs not à mìssìon of wàr
Nor à mìssìon of ruin
Yours wàs not à mìssìon of dèstructìo
Nor à mìssìon of dèàth.
Your mìssìon wàs sàfèty, sècurìty, protèctìon.
Your mìssìon wàs honor, loyàlty, sèrvìcè.
Your mìssìon wàs to ènd vìolèncè, tyrànny, dèspàìr.
Whèn thè làst soldìèr pàssès on,
Whèn thè unìforms àrè rètìrèd ànd thè fìnàl gràvè fìllèd,
Wè wìll rèmèmbèr àll who sèrvèd ànd sàcrìfìcèd for our nàtìon.




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