May 27, 2024


It is the soldier, not the minister,
who has given us the 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 the 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, U.S. Army Veteran,
is the author of this poem, said to hang in
the Pentagon, Arlington, VA, without attribution.
Although there are several variations in circulation,
the above was copyrighted by Mr. Province in 1970.

All faiths, nationalities, ages, genders and even many
not considered able-bodied have given hearts, souls and lives for us, 
for each of us ~ past and present.
Is there one who cannot name a Veteran loved and lost, family or friend?

Say a quiet prayer.  Say thank you.  Remember.
Today.  Every day.  For sadly, this continues.



  1. Dearest Ann,
    That poem is a perfect explanation for what Memorial Day stands for!
    We as Europeans are forever grateful for all those that gave their lives for the Freedom of our countries.
    Mariette + Kitties

  2. Thank you! We honor you today and every day.

  3. What a perfect poem and perfect for Memorial Day.

  4. Beautiful. Bless all of our heroes, we'll always honor and remember them.

  5. June and Ann this poem is new to me. Oh my goodness it is beautiful.
    thank you for sharing
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. That's a perfect poem to commemorate Memorial Day with.

  7. We hope that your Memorial Day is meaningful.

  8. A perfect poem for today.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Scritches to June. ♥

  9. Java Bean: "Ayyy, Dada says he can name one or two, and that is why our flag is out there first thing this morning!"

  10. I did not know this poem. It is deeply meaningful on this sad day of remembrance.

  11. Soldiers have given us their all. Literally. Today we honor and remember them.

  12. Excellent post. I am thankful to all who lost their lives to keep us safe. XO

  13. Thank you for this - it is beautiful.

    Happy Memorial Day.

    Woos - Misty and Timber

  14. Yes, quite sadly indeed. Remembrance of my Uncle Paul, who I never had the privilege to know.