Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 7, 2010

Sunday Snapshot: Veterans Day

Just a bunch of guys serving their country in the Pacific at the end of WWII including my dad, Bob Usitalo, right

In honor of all veterans of the military and those who are now serving and will one day be among their ranks:

Dad, at about age 18

THANK YOU, on November 11 and every day!

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 the 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.

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army veteran

(*and sailors, too)


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Responses

  1. One of my favorite poems – my dad was in the Air Force for 23 years and anything like this brings a lump to my throat. Thanx to your dad and to all of our vets and active servicemen! Bless you…

    • Back at you with appreciation for your dad’s service.
      Just yesterday FB “chatted” with my nephew who is serving in the Army in Afghanistan. Communications have changed, but war is still hell.

  2. Very nice picture of Uncle Bob, Kath. And loved the poem.

    • Hi Sue!
      Ahhhh….memories. Dad was and still is a handsome man (according to the ladies who are his neighbors at assisted living).
      Thanks for checking in!

  3. This is a great poem! Thank you for your tribute to all Veterans and to those currently serving. God Bless our Troops.

    • Including your son, Soldier Boy Kev!


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