Words to remember

To the editor:

In honor of my husband, Richard Davis Jr., who passed away 3 1∕2 years ago, I’m sharing a poem that has special meaning for me.

He was in the military serving our country, mostly in Europe, for more than 21 years. He marched in many parades over the years, especially after he retired, and he was an honor guard for the American Legion Post 11.

Marlene Davis, Jaffrey

The Veteran

They ask us why we do it -

Why we still parade

Now 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 we are comrades

Who stood the final test.

On the sixth day of June - that fateful day -

A day we will never forget -

Many a lad lay down his life

And paid the final debt!

So when you see a veteran

Give the man your hand -

For those medals on his chest

Were won in a foreign land.

And when God asks the question,

“Who are you, my man?”

I will proudly answer,

“Sir, I am a veteran.”

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