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Taking a Stand (thoughts for Remembrance Day)

This poem, Taking a Stand, was penned by John Bailey, who is a former regular and now serving Territorial Army soldier who served in Afghanistan in 2008. In 2009, a member of his unit, Corporal Steven Boote, was killed along with four others by a rogue Afghan policeman. He spent the day in Wootton Bassett the day their bodies were repatriated and that night he wrote this poem as a comment on TA service in general but more importantly as a tribute to ”Booty.” (source)

Taking a Stand

I ask you to stand with me
For both the injured and the lost
I ask you to keep count with me
Of all the wars and what they cost
I ask you to be silent with me
Quietly grateful for our lot
As I expect you’re as thankful as me
For the health and life we’ve got
I ask that you wish them well with me
All those still risking their all
And I ask that you remember with me
The names of those that fall
I expect that you are proud like me
Of this great nation of ours too
So enjoying all its freedoms like me
Support those upholding them for you
I hope that you are hopeful like me
That we’ll soon bring an end to wars
So you’ll have to stand no more with me
And mourning families no different from yours
‘Til then be thankful you can stand with me
Thinking of those who now cannot
For standing here today with me
At least we show they’re not forgot

By John Bailey


  1. That is a very good thoughtful poem for Remembrance Day. I hope you think so too as I love this poem.

  2. Robert Millar says:

    A very thought provoking poem that stirred up many emotions for me.

  3. My favourite is “A Pittance of Time” by a Canadian guy. It is a well written song with an Irish lit to the music and the writer and singer ‘s surname is Kelly.

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  5. I am reading Bailey’s poem at the church service 14th November 2021.


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