It is the Soldier 

It is the Soldier, not the minister

Who has given us freedom of religion.

 

It is the Soldier, not the reporter

Who has given us freedom of press.

 

It is the Soldier, not the poet

Who has given us freedom of speech.

 

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer

Who has given us freedom to protest.

 

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer

Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

 

It is the Soldier, not the politician

Who has given us the right to vote.

 

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,

Who serves beneath the flag,

And whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

 

Charles M. Province