"TIS THE SOLDIER"  

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 right to demonstrate

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial

It is the soldier, not the clergy,
who has given us the freedom of religion

It is the soldier, not the politician,
who has given us the right to vote

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
serves under the flag, and whose coffin
is draped by the flag, who gives the
protester the right to burn the flag.

Copyright by Charles M. Province



photo world war two soldier statue by paul rieffer
"World War II Soldier"
statue by Paul Rieffer