Monday, November 10, 2014

Poem - "Just A Common Soldier" - "A Soldier Died Today"

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today)
© 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt
You may already know of this poem.
However, I didn't until I read the following article in the Toronto Star news online today.

Poem written by veteran republished around the world every Remembrance Day
"Just a Common Soldier," a poem by Lawrence Vaincourt, shot to internationnal
attention after part of it was republished by an Ann Landers column
The Star
by Jacques Gallant
Published: 10 Nov 2014

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/11/10/poem_written_by_veteran_republished_around_the_world_every_remembrance_day.html

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There are many videos of this poem online:


The following video has a man reciting the poem while showing war photos.
The words of the poem are listed below the video after you click on "Show More"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOcbdNtFn1I

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Randy Vancourt performs the well-known poem, written by his father.
(I don't know why his surname is spelled without the "i".)
Uploaded on Sep 3, 2009
From the musical BORN LUCKY.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1zN_5m0ADU&list=UUcgX2EHlSOaeOFsAOlsf_mg


Born Lucky - the Musical by Randy Vancourt
http://www.randyvancourt.com/BornLucky/About_The_Show.html
QUOTE:
BORN LUCKY
is a high-energy, family musical comedy, based on the collected writings of A. Lawrence Vaincourt. Best known for the internationally-acclaimed poem JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today), Larry was an award-winning writer who published hundreds of newspaper columns and numerous books.


His son, Randy Vancourt, is an award-winning composer, writer and performer. In 1996 Randy began poring over thousands of pages of his father's work, gradually piecing together the show that would eventually become BORN LUCKY.
UNQUOTE:

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Connie Francis recorded it.

 Recitation by Connie Francis
Officially Released:    Dec, 2013
                      Label:   Concetta Records

http://www.conniefrancis.com/#!veterans/c1edj


Below is a link to a 1 page pdf of this poem.
http://media.wix.com/ugd/359473_543c0c2125614e2db13fba905bc72f89.pdf

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