I lost my dad this year. His death has hit me hard. Dad was the type of person who kept everything. I shipped home 31 boxes, things to sort through and read for years to come.
This poem was among his papers. I’d like to share it with everyone this Veteran’s Day. Dad was a proud veteran. He served in the Pacific in WWII.
I’d like to say “thank you” to him one last time, and also to all veterans everywhere for their great service and sacrifice for each of us.
Thank you, Staff Sergeant Arthur E. Kebble, 389th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion.
Thank you, Dad
“A Veteran Died Today”
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling out, 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 everyone.
And tho sometimes to his neighbors his tales became a joke, and his buddies listened, they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for ol’ Mike has passed away, and the world’s a little poorer, for a Veteran died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state. while thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great, paper’s tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young, but the passing of a Veteran goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution, to the welfare of our land, some jerk who breaks his promise 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?
The politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives, are sometimes disproportionate, to the service he gives, while the ordinary Veteran, 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 is so long ago, that our Bobs, and Jims and Johnny’s 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 really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling stand?
Or would you want a Veteran who has sworn to defend, his home, his kin, and country, and would fight until the end?
He was just a common Veteran, and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us, we may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the military’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 the paper that might say:
“Our Country Is In Mourning, For A Veteran Died Today.”