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, on thousands of websites and on July 4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York. This year marks the poem’s 25th anniversary.
While the poem is about a veteran who survived his time in service, it holds a truth – we must honor all those who serve, have served and, on this Memorial Day, those who have sacrificed everything for this nation.
“Just a Common Soldier” aka “A Soldier Died Today” by A. Lawrence Vaincourt