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    Armed Forces Day

    Tomorrow at 1100 Suffolk County holds their annual AFD ceremony at Armed Forces Plaza in Hauppauge (H. Lee Dennison Bldg).
    This is the 40th anniversary year of the end of the war in Vietnam.
    Father Charles Fink, VN veteran and author of the poem 'Bury me with soldiers' will be the keynote speaker.
    Great ceremony every year, great speaker.
    All are welcome, rain or shine.

    Rev. Charles R. Fink
    Father Charles R. Fink, a Roman Catholic Priest of St. Philip Neri’s Church in Northport NY., served in Vietnam from March 1969 to March 1970 as a Sergeant in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade.

    I’ve played a lot of roles in life;
    I’ve met a lot of men.
    I’ve done some things I’d like to think
    I wouldn’t do again
    And though I’m young, I’m old enough
    To know someday I’ll die.
    And think about what lies beyond, And
    Besides whom I would lie.

    Perhaps it doesn’t matter much;
    Still if I had my choice,
    I’d want a grave amongst soldiers when
    At last death quells my voice
    I’m sick of the hypocrisy
    Of lectures by the wise
    I’ll take the man with all his flaws
    Who goes, though scared, and dies.

    The troops I know were commonplace;
    They didn’t want the war
    They fought because their fathers and
    Their father’s fathers had before.
    They cursed and killed and wept –
    God knows they’re easy to deride –
    But bury me with men like these;
    They faced the guns and died.

    It’s funny when you think of it,
    The way we got along.
    We’d come from different worlds
    To live in one, where no one belongs
    I didn’t even like them all and,
    I’m sure they’d all agree.
    Yet, I would give my life for them,
    I hope. Some would for me.

    So bury me with soldiers, please
    Though much maligned they be
    Yes, bury me with soldiers, for
    I miss their company.
    We will not soon see their like again
    We’ve had our fill of war.
    But, bury me with men like them
    Till someone else does more!