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Old 11-10-2006, 02:59 PM
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November 11th is a Saturday this year. A day for sleeping in, sports, shopping, working about the house or just relaxing. But however you choose to spend the day, please take a moment to say thanks to our vets who have sacrificed a portion or all of their lives to give us a chance to live freedom. Something that is taken for granted by so many who have always lived in freedom and desired by so many who haven't. Veterans don't ask for glory, or riches, or parades. Just a nod or a thank you for a job well done.

So take a moment on Saturday to call a family member or a friend who is a Vet, or someone who is currently serving or having a family member serve and tell them thanks for all they have done or are doing.

And I want to wish a special thanks to all my brothers and sisters who have served, shed blood and sacrificed their all that I may live in freedom. The following has always touched me, reminding me that those who have fallen defending our freedom are looking to us to preserve what they have given their all defending.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
(He served in both the South African War and the First World War)

What Is A Vet?
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg.
- or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.

What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She or he is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never saw combat but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket-palsied now and aggravatingly slow who helped liberate a **** death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served your country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU."

James Windler USMC 1981-1987
 
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:58 AM
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Very, very true. The times I have been thanked by being invited to special ceremonies were nice. My most special moment was when I was living in North Carolina and selling some of my furniture prior to moving back to Texas. The buyer was a black lady and when she found out I was a 21 year military veteran, she hugged me and said, "God Bless You" several times and then started crying.......[sm=americanasmiley.gif]

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Old 11-11-2006, 02:43 AM
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I may not hold a good view towards the iraq situation, but i would love to thank everyone who has served this country, since it was founded to the future. Our country owes you for more than it has given.

Thank you for all you have done[sm=americanasmiley.gif][sm=patriot.gif]
 
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I may not hold a good view towards the iraq situation, but i would love to thank everyone who has served this country, since it was founded to the future. Our country owes you for more than it has given.

Thank you for all you have done[sm=americanasmiley.gif][sm=patriot.gif]
 

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