Just A Common Soldier (A Soldier Died Today); A Powerful Tribute to Our Veterans [VIDEO]

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Just A Common Soldier”, also known as “A Soldier Died Today”, is one of the most popular poems on the Internet.

Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt, it now appears in numerous anthologies, on thousands of websites.

On July 4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York. This year marks the poem’s 25th anniversary.”

Remembering the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Just A Common Soldier is Concerned Veterans for America’s latest tribute video, which was released last May in time for Memorial Day. Narrated by veteran Hollywood actor Tony Lo Bianco.

 

Today… We Remember!

Producer Stephen Clouse is asking Americans to share the video with their followers on Facebook and other social media channels such as YouTube and Twitter.

The goal is to get 21 million “likes”—that’s one for every one of the estimated 21 million living veterans—between Memorial Day on May 25 and Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.

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JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler 39 of OK. Died October 22, 2015 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve

Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, Died October 22, 2015 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve

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, every one.
 
And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
 
Air Force Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky Died October 11, 2015 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

Air Force Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky
Died October 11, 2015 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier 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 their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
 
Air Force Capt. Jordan P. Pierson Died October 2, 2015 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

Air Force Capt. Jordan P. Pierson
Died October 2, 2015 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land

A guy who breaks his promises 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?
 
A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, 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 was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country 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.
 
Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond Died October 2, 2015 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond
Died October 2, 2015 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,

Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
 
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
 
Air Force Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris Died October 2, 2015 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

Air Force Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris
Died October 2, 2015 Serving During Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

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 a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
© 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

We will never forget! These, along with so many other men and women have sacrificed their lives in service of their country.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”John 15:13 (NKJV)

 

 

 

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Scott Osborn is a Writer, Preacher, Political activist, as well as the Social Media Director for the TV Comedy Show, The Flipside with Michael Loftus. Scott hosts several radio shows, including the wildly popular “Conover U” starring Rodney Lee & the Preacher..

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