Remembering Our Veterans, Must Watch: “Just a Common Soldier” Tribute

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of a popular poem written by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt.

“Just A Common Soldier,” also known as “A Soldier Died Today,” first published in 1987, now appears in numerous anthologies and on thousands of websites.

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On July 4, 2008 the poem was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York.

Concerned Veterans for America’s used the poem in its latest tribute video released earlier this year, which is narrated by actor Tony Lo Bianco.


Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley &

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