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 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 M. Province

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4 responses to “It Is The Soldier

  1. It’s nice to see these words again and again – whenever someone “types” them – one more time. Found you at Twitter.

  2. Amen! God bless our soldiers serving their country!

  3. Bless all the soldiers, but pray for peace.

  4. Oh, Paula! This is an awesome poem. Thank you so much for sharing it. I’m so glad I got to read it.

    Blessings to you…

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