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An Outstanding Eagle Scout Project

As many of you know, it is always a little confusing as to where Glendale Parade Store is located. We always get the late Thursday afternoon calls about deliveries to Glendale, Arizona or Glendale, California. However, we are actually located in Northvale, New Jersey. About a month or so ago, a banner appeared across the main street, Livingston Avenue, announcing that Northvale was celebrating its 100th birthday. Many towns across America do this and it is a fun time to celebrate the life of your community. In early May a series of small banners attached to the light posts in town appeared, celebrating "Home Town Heroes." The banners were well done and commemorated Northvale's veterans. After a little research, I discovered that these great banners were actually the idea of a 14-year-old who was working on his Eagle Scout project.

Ryan Ward of Northvale worked on this Hometown Heroes Banner project as part of his work to receive his Eagle Scout award. According to an article in the Northern Valley Daily Voice Ward worked with a local member of the American Legion to identify veterans from the town and with a Facebook page, Northvale Hometown Heroes, people were able to nominate veterans to be remembered and fund raisers were held to purchase the banners, in addition to donations local families made.

The banners really add a daily remembrance of our veterans and Glendale salutes Ryan Ward and his supporters for a job well done.

One of the banners displayed in Northvale, New Jersey to remember its veterans. Photo from the Facebook page for Northvale Hometown Heroes. Public domain.

Just a Common Soldier

In 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt wrote a poem, titled "Just a Common Soldier," which was first printed on Remembrance Day in Canada. The poem was subsequently reprinted in Ann Landers's column and has been reprinted many times over the last 29 years. This week as Memorial Day approaches, please take a few minutes to watch this YouTube video where the poem is read.

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

National Military Appreciation Month

May is National Military Appreciation Month, and focuses on drawing attention to the amazing men and women that make up our armed services. Find out more at NMAM.org.

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