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Under the Veteran's Hat

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He held the door as the lady passed through;
No big deal just the right thing to do.
He is the man who proudly wears the cap,
Under which is not just an ordinary chap.

In the shopping mall he might be seen resting in a chair,
Wearing the hat covering thinning grey hair.
His thoughts often visit those years that have passed,
His military service is among the memories heís fondly amassed.

His views havenít changed much over the years.
Much of what he hears now is a shock to his ears.
He believes in God, country and the Patriotís fight
And politically he most likely leans to the right.

Yes, this is a veteran as is embroidered boldly on his hat,
He proudly displays this status most anywhere he is at.
It may also show the military branch in which he served;
For his service to this country our respect and gratitude is well deserved.
©Kent Fletcher
January 2015



Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  He served with the US Army, 1970 -1976 as a medic.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He can  be reached at

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