A Soldier Back »

Written by Sheila Snyder, former SDSU Extension Operation: Military Kids State Coordinator.


There are many times that one tries to find the right words to describe an event or someone very special. And sometimes, just the right words are found within a poem. Angela Goodwin’s poem, A Soldier, reflects just the right words and feelings of gratitude when it comes to our military and their families.This poem conveys our thanks to these brave men and women, and helps us honor not only them, but their families as well.

A Soldier

There is a discipline in A Soldier you can see it when he walks,
There is honor in A Soldier you can hear it when he talks.
There is courage in A Soldier you can see it in his eyes,
There is a loyalty in A Soldier that he will not compromise.

There is something in A Soldier that makes him stand apart;
There is strength in A Soldier that beats from his heart.
A Soldier isn’t a title any man can be hired to do
A Soldier is the soul of that man buried deep inside of you.

A Soldier’s job isn’t finished after an 8 hour day or a 40 hour week,
A Soldier is always a Soldier even while he sleeps.
A Soldier serves his country first and his life is left behind,
A Soldier has to sacrifice what first in a civilian’s mind.

If you are a civilian – I am saying this to you….
Next time you see A Soldier, remember what they do.
A Soldier is the reason our land is ‘Home of the free,’
A Soldier is the one that is brave protecting you and me.

If you are a Soldier – I am saying this to you…
Thank God for EVERY SOLDIER, Thank God for what YOU do!

~Angela Goodwin

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