Veteran Poem and Remembrance Day

Posted in General Village Interest

This is a poem I picked up, written on a card and I think it was penned by a Normandy veteran.

They ask us why we do it
Why we still parade
Now that we are getting older
And just a little frayed
It's not for the sake of glory,
Or the medals on our chest
It's simply that we are comrades
Who stood the final test.
On the 6th June that fateful day
A day that we will never forget
Many a lad laid down his life
And paid the final debt.
So when you see a Veteran
Give the man your hand
For the medals on his chest
Were won in foreign lands.
And when God asks the question
Who are you my man
I will proudly answer
Sir, I am a Veteran.

Ed's note. This was the 6th June 1944 when the Allies took the Germans by surprise, in Normandy, but suffered terrible losses. Four of our village soldiers out of nine killed in the second World War, died in the aftermath of that day.