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.
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