“Most in your arena see soldiers as part of the “SYSTEM” ‘soldier’ or ‘troops’ are words often used in the media in times of turmoil……only during this time of year do we, as a nation, take a step back and reflect on the sacrifice of the common man. The common man, who like me, has done for our ability to be free to speak out when we choose to….Our right to question things freely.
But sadly, it is often one of those blessings most have come to feel was a birthright… and not something that was fought for by young men who volunteered and came as close to hell any mortal wishes to be…..but if they did not, we would be in a different world now.
It’s about remembering the ‘common man’… not “THE MAN”
~ Cpl. Walker 3RCR Mike/Para Coy retired 2002
Cpl. Walker is a friend of mine, and he is one of our modern veterans in Canada. I’ve seen his photos of his time overseas and .. it is something we all need to remember is happening with our young men and women, every day. Whether you agree or not, I will continue to support the choices of the men and women who serve our country.
It is, indeed, a selfless act of bravery, and of service.
He wanted to include this quote with his thoughts.
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.
©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province