Date: Saturday, November 7th, 2014
Just A Common Soldier, also known as A Soldier Died Today,
is one of the most popular poems on the Internet. Written and published
in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt, it now
appears in numerous anthologies and on July
4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York.
This year marks the poem’s 27th anniversary.
Please take a few minutes to enjoy this video tribute to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who have given so much for our country.
The Ellis E. Woodrow Memorial Post 7883 was officially chartered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) in Oct of 1985 and remains dedicated to our country’s military, its veterans, and their families. Their mission echoes the overall mission of the VFW, which is to: “Honor the Dead by Serving the Living” through veteran’s service, community service, national security and a strong national defense. The Westerville Post is very active supporting Veterans needs by providing meals and assisting with locating shelter for comrades who are homeless. They also send representatives to Washington to advocate elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president’s cabinet. Within the community, they provide $1,500-per year in college scholarships to high school students every year. This post has received the National Community Service Award in 2007 & 2010. They have certainly lived up to their motto – honoring the dead by serving the living.
The Westerville Rotary Foundation is a 501C 3 organization.