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
His military service is among the memories
heís fondly amassed.
His views havenít changed much over the
Much of what he hears now is a shock to his
He believes in God, country and the
And politically he most likely leans to the
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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