Shrewsbury stops to honor it’s veterans

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veterans 1 300x199 Shrewsbury stops to honor its veterans Shrewsbury MassachusettsSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Today Shrewsbury, and all of America stops to pay our respects to those who have bravely served our nation since the very beginning. Traditionally, services are held on the 11th day, the 11th hour, and the 11th minute, and at that moment here in Shrewsbury the legion bell will toll to remember those who protect our nation each and every day. We also will be dedicating the long awaited WWI memorial in front of Beal School, so hopefully you can join in todays events, and always remember the FREEDOM isn’t and never has been FREE. Rather it comes at a gift to most of us, paid for with the blood of others, and imbuing us with a debt that we can never quite repay. As the son, and son-in-law of veterans, I join with you today in celebrating those that stand the wall.

To those who have lost a loved one, there really are no words that can truly make a difference. I suppose that Abraham Lincoln said it best, in his famous letter to Mrs. Bixby, the Boston mother who, an a somewhat apocryphal story, lost five sons during the war. He said, “I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

Instead of writing a story, I thought I would share with you the passionate poem, read so eloquently at the service this morning, and ask that as we run around on Monday celebrating Veterans Day with a trip to the mall, we pause, just for a moment, to think of those who keep us all safe and free.

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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