Soldier Quotes (316 quotes)
A Soldier Died Today
‘Just A Common Soldier’ by A. Lawrence Vaincourt (VIDEO)
There are several incorrect versions of this poem circulating the web; below you'll find the original text. For information regarding reprints please e-mail vaincourt gmail. Note: This poem has already been licensed as a song and is part of a musical stage production. We do not authorize any other musicalization of this text. Now a beautiful new recording by the legendary Connie Francis.
I have only just become aware of this wonderful poem. It encapsulates so many qualities in conduct, and values to live by, which are sadly diminishing, in fine, easy poetic form. The free link to this is on Facebook under Eric J. Thankyou again. I will pass this on to many people. Like many men of his generation, when the Nazi war machine was raging my father enlisted in the Armed Forces and went off to serve his country.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. It was frustrating. They came back from the war and carried on with their lives, and only in later years realized how forgotten they had been. Legions in Australia and the United Kingdom have asked to use it in their newsletters and as part of fundraising campaigns; American radio stations have aired it yearly on Memorial Day and Veterans Day; and, recently, singer Connie Francis did a spoken-word recording during a telethon for American soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder hosted by Alan Alda. Vaincourt lashes out at politicians in the piece, writing that their deaths are often marked by media attention and large-scale funerals. Vancourt has always been struck by the fact that his father, who died at the age of 85 in Deux-Montagnes, Que.