A Parade's Participants
The gray haired old veterans in today's parades
Are the remnants of an army once vast.
They are the survivors of all the battles fought
And now form a tangible link to the past.
Most are well aged and uncertain of step
Yet military bearing is still seen in their stride
And the special camaraderie existing in the ranks
Binds them together with other comrades who died
Some uniforms worn are no longer in style
But to its wearer its something held dear
With the badges and ribbons pinned above the breast pocket
Telling stories of valor, not audible to the ear
Those on the sidelines who observe the parade
Probably see just a group of old men passing by
Never really aware of their part in history
For events of the past are now gone from the eye
Nevertheless, these old veterans show their mettle
Even though for many, life’s race is now run
So defying old age with all its infirmities
They still march proudly, to the beat of the drums.
Donald A. Chase
I Company, 15th Infantry