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GOOD WORDS

CHARLES M. PROVINCE

Charles M. Province, a veteran of the US Army, is the sole and single Founder and President of The George S. Patton, Jr. Historical Society. He is the author of “The Unknown Patton”, “Patton’s Third Army”, “Patton’s One-Minute Messages”, and numerous other War writings.

This poem appeared in today’s (Veteran’s Day) newspaper and the word Soldier had been replaced with the word Veteran.  Guess it works either way.

IT IS THE SOLDIER
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.

©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province

Thanks to all Veterans and to all members of today’s Military from a proud Veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor,  ComSubPac, 1951-1955.

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