The Final Inspection Dedicated to all that served........
The soldier stood and faced God Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining Just as brightly as his brass. Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?
The soldier squared his shoulders and said, No, Lord, I guess I ain't, Because those of us who carry guns can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough; And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep... Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills just got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help; Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here. They never wanted me around Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much; But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly For the judgment of his God.
Step forward now, you soldier, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets; You've done your time in Hell.
Armistace Day, 11 November, 1918, 11:11 AM. celebrating the end of the Great War. The US later expanded the scope to include all veterans of all wars by renaming it Veterans Day. I don;t know the story for other countries and Remeberance Day.
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French Army? Does that count(grin)? I'm in a military school in France, but it trains engineers. I did have one year of service (normally in France you no longer have those, and in any case I'm a girl) in the police (in France the 'gendarmes' are military). We have a mass for Remembrance Day.
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In Canada Remembrance Day was originally for WWI, but now it includes the Boer War (1899-1902), WWI, WWII, Korea and Gulf Storm verson 1.0.
In Japan they have their equivalent on August 15, but its surrounded by controversy as any act of rememberance by the Japanese is criticized by the Koreans and Chinese as "stirring up violent nationalist Japanese militantism."