The Veteran's Cross of Honor


The Veterans’ Cross of Honor

How dear to the heart of each gray-
headed soldier
Are the thoughts of the days when
all wore the gray,
While memory recalls every trial and
And scenes of the past live in battle
Though long since discarding our arms
and equipments,
There's one thing a Veteran most
surely will note;
The first thing he sees on the form of
a comrade
Is the little bronze cross he wears
on his coat.

"How much did it cost?" said a man
to a soldier,
"That little flat cross you wear on
your coat?"
"A fortune in money," he answered
the stranger,
"And four years of marching and
fighting to boot.
The wealth of the world cannot pur-
chase this emblem,
Except that the buyer wore the gray,
For it shows to mankind the full
marks of a hero—
A man who to honor and country
was true."

Then let us be proud of this emblem of
And wear it with spirit both loyal
and bold;
Fraternally welcome each one who
supports it,
With love in our hearts for the com-
rades of old;
Each day musters out whole battalions
of wearers,
And soon will be missed this token
so dear;
But ages to come will remember with
The man who'd the right this bronze
emblem to wear.

Item Information help

  • Item ID
  • DCMI Type
    Still Image
  • Title
  • Creator
    Stevens, H. H,
  • Illustrated
  • Extent
    28 cm x 11 cm
  • Genre
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