by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

There was a war so long ago,
we often do forget.
It was my father's war, you see,
and one they said would be
"The war to end all wars."

They fought that war
those brave young men
who came from town and farm.
Their courage was exceeding
as the enemy they did storm.
They lived in total misery
entrenched in blood and mire.
 To win that war
was the only thing
that they did so desire.

The war did pass,
they were home at last,
at least those that did survive.
They went to work at plow and hearth
to build a nation, best on earth.

"Armistice Day," they called it then,
for the day that it did end.
A day the nation set aside to
celebrate with honored pride.
In memory of the fallen who
had given all they had to give,
for others that were left
to live in peace.

The nation was not through with war,
as time again did prove.
Challenged by a crafty foe
we called again on GI Joe,
and off we marched
to fight another war.

The war was fought
around the world
in every land and clime.
We didn't stop or take the time
to rest on laurels we declined
till job was done and there was 
Peace once more.

'Twas in the span between the wars,
(and there was more to come)
We realized, to none's surprise,
That war was here to stay.
The veterans of our many wars
Were in need of appreciation.
To set aside another day,
Would be a bad creation.

So some wise duck in Washington
Came to this conclusion:
"We'll take this day called 'Armistice',
And give it just a little twist,
To cover all the wars we've fought
We'll call it just what we ought,
Let's call it, "Veterans Day!"

That's the story folks.

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Reg. Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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Armistice Day
(a.k.a. Veterans Day)
World War I veterans at a ceremony held
in Oct. 1978 at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan