Letter to the Editor
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Dear Editor,

The American Legion Post 165, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4800, Mississippi Delta Purple Heart Chapter 806, and the Patriot Guard will present a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Bolivar County Courthouse in Cleveland at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013. The public is urged to attend.

Old Glory

No one ever pays attention –

If they did, perhaps they’d laugh

When that funny old custodian

Runs the banner up the staff.

Standing stiffly to attention isn’t

easy anymore –

He’s become rather feeble, and his

aging back is sore.

But at daybreak, every morning, he

is there to raise the flag, and The

Stars and Stripes to him was always

more than just a rag.

He is proud to fly the colors, every time

he has the chance,

For he wasn’t always old; and once

he went to war in France.

Then his son, who joined the Navy

back in 1944,

Died a mile off Okinawa trying hard

to get ashore.

And the other son – the youngest –

never voted- never will –

Perished halfway to the summit of a

North Korean hill.

Then the grandson he had raised to

be a strong and honest man,

Underwent a siege at Khe Sanh

where he fell, but never ran.

Priceless treasures need defending,

and at times a man must fight;

And that weary old custodian finds

his flag a precious sight.

He will never be forgetting all the

sacrifice and pain,

And he knows that were he able he

would go enlist again.

There’s a might sense of pride that

none around him ever see,

When his shaking hands have hauled

Old Glory up there in the breeze.

Vernon R. Harris

Veteran, USMC