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    SPECIAL EMBLEM

    I watched our Standard flutter gently in the breeze,
    Saw the duty bugler positioned there at ease,
    Soon then at attention Ė everyone was still,
    Then I heard the bugle sound and felt a sudden chill.

    Itís a very special emblem our Standard-Bearer carries,
    Born aloft with deference where good men meet at rallies,
    Gathered in a meeting place in homage to our dead,
    It represents raw courage, on oceans far widespread.

    Dipped in hushed remembrance while standing on parade,
    In unison with `last post`, or `sunset` when itís played,
    Reflecting on our brothers at the bottom of the sea,
    The unmarked tomb of mariners - freedom is not free.

    Worn upon our merchant ships not only when we muster,
    Itís the mark of British Seamen, who call it our Red Duster,
    Sometimes at a funeral it makes a coffin shroud,
    A final sad reminder that a veteranís served us proud.

    For centuries itís been displayed, time has not forgot,
    When nobly then it sailed with us into the shell and shot,
    I watched our ensign flutter gently in the breeze,
    And wiped away a tear - when the bugler stood at ease.

    Inspired by `Wings` Barry - M.N.A. Standard Bearer.

    Joe Earl
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    OLD VETERANS

    In bloom of life they sailed away,
    At sea along with peers,
    They kept the lifelines flowing,
    Amid the U-Boat fears.

    There they lost their shipmates,
    That never did grow old,
    Though veterans remember,
    As advancing years unfold.

    They saw the perils of the deep,
    The best and worst in men,
    Grieving with compatriots,
    In the war back then.

    Now these reluctant heroes,
    For them no grave the deep,
    Progressively they cross the bar,
    A rendezvous to keep….

    Joe Earl
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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