It Is The Soldier
- First, I want to wish all our members a Happy Independence Day !
Here's a short poem that makes the rounds occasionally and is especially
appropriate today. It's called "It Is The Soldier" and was written by
Father Denis E. O'Brien, USMC
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 protester to burn the flag.