The final inspection

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Jo da Plumbr, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    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~

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    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.
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Thumbs up Jo...
     

  3. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    wut ^ said! Very nice, thanks. :)
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Amen.

    God bless our troops.
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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

    Really great post Jo!!

    JD
     
  6. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Well said and well posted.
     
  7. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    A truly inspiring piece thanks Jo
     
  8. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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

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    “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
     
  10. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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

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    I am glad you posted this. I read it aloud to my wife and kids and had to choke back the tears quite a few times. God bless all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines and lets not forget the Coasties. My prayers go out to all the boys and girls serving overseas in hell, I have been there and missed memories at this time of year and know how hard it is. God Bless them all.