It is the Soldier


On today’s Memorial Day holiday, I thought this poem would be a poignant reminder of the role our military plays in the continuation of our Republican tradition. It was written by Charles Province (not Fr. Denis O’Brien, who is sometimes given credit for it) as a reflection on how the sacrifices of our veterans are the sources of our fundamental freedoms. Today, we remember the fallen; their legacy is not forgotten.

It is the Soldier
Charles Province

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.

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