From the Mailbag: The Wish of a WWII Veteran


When a WWII veteran requests something, we’re not going to be the ones to say no! Robin from California writes:

Dear Spouse Buzz, I would like to share something that may bring sweetness to your wives, mothers and sweethearts visiting your site. My grandfather received the poem below from my great grandmother during his service in WWII. We believe she adapted it from one of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poems “The Children’s Hour” of 1864. My grandfather said it would bring him much happiness if this poem could be shared with love and closeness for our military families and all who have served or cared. Any and all assistance to bring his wish to life is much appreciated.

It’s our pleasure to pass this along, Robin.

“The Soldier’s Hour”

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower
Comes a pause in the day’s occupation
That is known as the soldier’s hour.

It is then that mothers and sweethearts
Think tenderest thoughts of their boys
Who are fighting for them in the trenches
Away from their dear home joys

In the quiet dusk of the evening
They breathe their heartfelt prayers
And invoke the blessings of heaven
For their loved ones over there

And the brave lads in their trenches
Or wherever their posts may be
Are cheered by the spirit wafted
From their homes across the sea

Far faster than letter or cable
Our thoughts and our prayers go
And how much they mean to a soldier
Only a soldier can know

Oh wives and mothers and sweethearts
Thank god for that love winged power
And by all that is meek and holy
Keep sacred the soldier’s hour

About the Author


Andi is married to an active-duty soldier and is the founder and former editor of SpouseBUZZ.

She is the founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference. The MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for military bloggers. President George W. Bush, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, GEN David Petraeus, LTG Mike Oates, LTG William Caldwell, RADM Mark Fox, MG Kevin Bergner, MG David Hogg and The Honorable Pete Geren have addressed previous conferences.

While living in Washington, DC, Andi was the Ambassador to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Sew Much Comfort, a non-profit organization which makes and delivers, free of charge, special adaptive clothing for wounded service members. Andi has worked with several non-profits to help our wounded heroes and their families. She finds that work to be the most rewarding and meaningful of all.

Andi strives to find humor in the good, bad and ugly of life and is a firm believer that laughter has the ability to cure most ills.

  • robert Longo

    I, a WW-2 Air Corps Vet,at age 92 noe –will miss our grandchildren grow up! our loves were on hold as we did our duty in the service! we could not start fairly in our early years!, Now, we will never see them graduate ,marry & will never see our great grandchildren,!!at age 92 I have a 5yr old grandchild !! I am sure WW-2vets may feel the same way !!! We LOVE you ALL! ( I Flew over 1,000+ hours in a B-26 witha few clove calls !!!) XXXOOO