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posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 08:50 PM
A Poem by: Father D. E. O'Brien's_the_soldier.htm

"It's the Soldier, not the reporter,

who has given us freedom of the press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the campus organizer,

who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

It's the Soldier, not the lawyer,

who has given us the right to a fair trail.

And it's the Soldier who salutes the flag,

who serves the flag,

whose coffin is draped in the flag,

that allows the protester to burn the flag"

To you all,


for the job you do or have done!

The average age of the military man is 19 years.

What is a Vet?

posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 09:35 PM

[edit on 6-6-2006 by ADVISOR]

posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 09:58 AM
Could not possibly have been said any better.

posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 10:01 AM
This is so true. And may I add it is also the Marine, sailor, and airman!

posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 10:29 AM
Yeah, that's so true. Great poem


posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 02:03 PM

Originally posted by darkelf
This is so true. And may I add it is also the Marine, sailor, and airman!

Dark Elf.... you are are right on brother (to quote a famous line from the Saigon Days)..... anyway, although "Soldier" is normally associated with ARMY .... a soldier is loosely referred to as ANY MEMBER of the military branch of services (Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard and, my personal favorite, Air Force. A soldier is also described as follows:

Thanks for your post.


posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 04:13 PM
Would just like to add one other detail, that should be noted.

It is the Armed Forces member, not the politician, who gives their
life so others may have liberty.

posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 04:18 PM

By the way Advisor... THANKS for that NEAT "MIA/POW" thing you posted with that poem.... I am having Will add it to the TOP of our RFT Home Page.



posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 04:56 PM
Not military personally, but well said

posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 05:07 PM
Not a problem Dave, your welcome. I found it on the net years ago, and have it on my desk top among other things.

*Snaps to attention and returns salute*

posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 06:11 PM
Do any of y'all know if that Father O'Brien fellow is related to author Tim O'Brien (The Things They Carried, If I Die in a Combat Zone)?

I'm a big fan of O'Brien's novels, and from what I've heard he's well respected by guys who were there. He could have deserted, he had the money, the plan, the opening - but he chose to go and fight because in his words it was 'easier' than the alternative. (I've never completely understood that, seems to me that living it up in Switzerland is easier than trudging through muck and digging holes - I guess he just couldn't square the emotional side of desertion.)

The Things They Carried was an excellent book, I'd reccomend it to anyone. Just curious if the poem's author was any relation.

posted on Jun, 7 2006 @ 09:03 PM
Not sure.... but you could possibly GOOGLE a search and find out. Whatever you find, come back HERE and let everyone know.

Thanks for the post!


posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 06:38 PM
Thanks Dave, for the kind words.

While not enlisted myself, my family is multi-generational in various fields of the armed services, and it always warms my heart to read words of kindness towards those brave men and women who dedicate their lives (or a portion thereof) to insuring the freedoms and securities of others.

Thank you!

posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 07:11 PM
I really love this poem to Dave. A soldier will always have my blessing's and heart. They face horror that we citizens mostly see in the movies. Nice poem Dave and Thank You to all soldiers.

I've Got Your Back

posted on Jan, 14 2008 @ 08:06 PM
Let me tell you the story of a soldier named Dan.
Went out to fight the good fight in South Vietnam,
Went out to fight for peace, liberty and all,
Went out to fight for equality, hope, let's go,

And the war drags on.

Found himself involved in a sea of blood and bones,
Millions without faces, without hope and without homes.
And the guns they grew louder as they made dust out of bones
That the flesh had long since left just as
the people left their homes,

And the war drags on.

They're just there to try and make the people free,
But the way that they're doing it, it don't seem like that to me.
Just more blood-letting and misery and tears
That this poor country's known for the last twenty years,

And the war drags on.

Last night poor Dan had a nightmare it seems.
One kept occurring and re-occurring in his dream:
Cities full of people burn and scream and shoutin' loud
And right over head a great orange mushroom cloud.
And there's no more war,
for there's no more world,
And the tears come streaming down

I am a UK war veteran i was a vet at age 21 for the first day of the Iraq war to the last

I like these word's they are real !

Im now 25 and living, and i love life.


[edit on 14-1-2008 by h3akalee]

posted on Jan, 14 2008 @ 08:39 PM

Dont understand my statement ?

Then stay the hell out of it ok ?


[edit on 14-1-2008 by h3akalee]

posted on Feb, 29 2008 @ 05:48 PM
Sounds like a propaganda poem to me?

Am I wrong? It's the first feeling I had.

[edit on 29-2-2008 by _Phoenix_]

posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 05:47 PM
Rudyard Kipling on the plight of the British soldier: Basically everybody wants them in time of need, but nobody gives a damn when all is well. The same setiments today, what a shame on all who do not support the Armed Forces.

PS: That's where "Tommy" for British Army personnel comes from.

posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 05:58 PM
reply to post by ADVISOR

i agree with you completely...however, there are the kennedy boys that died while in the service of the country as politicians, i lived through that time, and it was a b-tch seeing some of my buddies come back from nam busted up in body and mind. a couple of them just never "really" came back.

posted on Apr, 29 2008 @ 06:44 AM
Excellent Thread Dave...

I read a bumber sticker awhile back that was pertinent to this topic...

"If you can read this, thank a teacher."
"If you can read it in English, thank a Soldier"

Or something like that...


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