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 the 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.
I don't know if Province was still in the Army when he wrote this. I would very much like to refer to him by his rank, thus giving him the respect that he is due, but I don't know the rank at which he was discharged. There doesn't seem to be too much information about him out there, other than that he founded the George S. Patton Jr. Historical Society. But in any event, his message is timeless. More broadly, it is the soldier, the airman, the marine and the sailor who secure the rights with which we are endowed by our Creator. To all who have served, thank you for defending my rights. To all Americans, have a happy Veteran's Day.