Veteran’s Day 2003


“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 the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.”

Fr. Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC

One thought on “Veteran’s Day 2003

  1. For all the soldiers in the world:

    When first I saw you in the curious street
    Like some platoon of soldier ghosts in grey,
    My mad impulse was all to smite and slay,
    To spit upon you — tread you ‘neath my feet.
    But when I saw how each sad soul did greet
    My gaze with no sign of defiant frown,
    How from tired eyes looked spirits broken down,
    How each face showed the pale flag of defeat,
    And doubt, despair, and disillusionment,
    And how were grievous wounds on many a head,
    And on your garb red-faced was other red;
    And how you stooped as men whose strength was spent,
    I knew that we had suffered each as other,
    And could have grasped your and and cried, “My brother!”

    Joseph Lee, “The German Prisoners”

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