William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

VINCULUM

On the flag and on the bible, “to be faithful” each man swore
to protect our Country Canada in times of peace and war
Each formed a bond of union, with others in the Corps
His oath’s a tie to God and Queen, the Regiment and more !

Six months in the Depot, makes each, a trained recruit
each learns to fire his rifle and clean a spit shined boot
He forms a bond of union, a vinculum, if you will
and with his fellow soldiers he studies how to kill

He’s then put into a squad, in a section, in a Rifle platoon
part of a Rifle Company that marches to Regimental Tunes
The Company is part of the Battalion and that belongs to Brigade
our troops go on UN Missions and that’s how Peacekeepers are made

Peacekeepers are killed in action by sniper fire, mines and grenades
coming home in a body bag rates: “a seventh book entry” name page
He leaves behind his parents, his children and his loving wife
making an oath on the bible and flag he was prepared to give his life

And 119 Canadian Peacekeeping Soldiers did just that!

God Bless the Peacekeepers

Author’s Note: Each Peacekeeping Mission is a separate war! Peacetime duties for Canadian troops can include forest fire fighting, ice storms, prison breaks, floods in Winnipeg and snow shovelling in Toronto. Submitted for the November 2004 IWVPA Club Theme Project, “Vinculum