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Jo da Plumbr 12-21-2010 11:30 AM

The final inspection

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~

It's the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..
It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.

NGIB 12-21-2010 12:06 PM

Thumbs up Jo...

dog2000tj 12-21-2010 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by NGIB (Post 406843)
Thumbs up Jo...

wut ^ said! Very nice, thanks. :)

CA357 12-21-2010 04:05 PM


God bless our troops.

Dillinger 12-21-2010 04:26 PM

*sniff* Damn Allergies. Got to get those Hepa filters changed in the heating unit.

Really great post Jo!!


JTJ 12-21-2010 05:08 PM

Well said and well posted.

Davyboy 12-21-2010 05:50 PM

A truly inspiring piece thanks Jo

Jo da Plumbr 12-21-2010 10:51 PM

I'll pass on the kudos to the Vet that sent this to me.

GNLaFrance 12-22-2010 12:13 AM

“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Shihan 12-22-2010 03:04 AM

I knew better than to read this thread. I got something in my eye, gotta go get it out.

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