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It Is The Soldier
Koinonia House ^ | 11/11/11 | Father Dennis E. O'Brian, USMC

Posted on 11/11/2011 6:48:41 AM PST by raccoonradio

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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: freedom; liberty; military; soldier; veterans; veteransday
WRKO radio host Pat Whitley has read this on air and added the words "the freedom he abuses" after the word "protester" in the last stanza
1 posted on 11/11/2011 6:48:45 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

“It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.”

Let’s not put the cart before the horse. Without ministers, soldiers would not be going about giving freedom of religion.


2 posted on 11/11/2011 7:14:40 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: raccoonradio

“Webmaster’s Note: Mr. Charles M. Province has contacted me with the request that due credit be given to his authorship of the poem, “It Is the Soldier”, which has, to my knowledge, for several years been attributed to Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC. Mr. Province has advised that Father O’Brien once sent a copy of the poem to “Dear Abby” and it was printed erroneously giving credit to Father O’Brien for writing it. It is at that point that the authorship became clouded. I reproduce this information in the hope of ensuring Mr. Province receives full, appropriate and most deserved credit for his wonderful piece.”
http://iwvpa.net/provincecm/


3 posted on 11/11/2011 7:45:27 AM PST by PoolQue ("The best government is that which governs least.")
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To: PoolQue

OK, thanks...credit where credit is due.


4 posted on 11/11/2011 7:15:01 PM PST by raccoonradio
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