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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-11-2002, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: O/T Veterans Day - 2002

AMEN to that LEVE
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Please take a moment and say "Thank You"!

Please take one minute out of your day to visit the Department
of Defense Web page below and add your name to a brief message
thanking the men and women of the U.S. military services for
defending our freedom. The compiled list of names will be sent
out to soldiers, sailors and airmen at the end of the November.

Visit -- http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html
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These are not my thoughts, but I like them...

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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 Parris Island drill instructor who has never seen
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 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 Nazi 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 our
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."

It's the soldier, not the reporter, Who gave us our freedom
of the press.

It's the soldier, not the poet, Who gave us our freedom of
speech.

It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who gave us our
freedom to demonstrate.

It's the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves others
with respect for the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who
allows
the protester to burn the flag.

Prayer for our Servicemen:
Lord, hold our troops in Your loving hands. Protect them as
they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. Amen

Of all the gifts you could give a U. S. serviceman, prayer
is the very best one.
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Kutyafal, that is a great thing you posted. I've never read that before but it fits well. I have a few quotes that I'd like to throw in here.

"Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather, let me be glad that such heroes have lived." - Gen. George S. Patton, "Soldiers Prayer"

"Courage is resistance to fear, master of fear---not absence of fear." - Mark Twain

"We can't all be heroes. Some of us have to stand by the curb and clap as they go by." - Will Rogers

"Men who have offered their lives for their country know that patriotism is not the fear of something; it is the love of something." - Adlai Stevenson

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be direclty proportional as to how they percieve the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." - George Washington
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Very well said, gentlemen. I have nothing more to add here except a humble THANK YOU to any Veterans that might visit this thread.

And...think twice before you honk at that old man driving too slow in front of you today...58 years ago that same man may have been driving a Jeep up the blood soaked beaches of Normandy.
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THANK YOU, to all that have/are currently serving our country.
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Thank you again. You are greatly appreciated...
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As I grow older and a little "smarter", I start to look back on tings that were taken for granted just a few sort years ago. On top of all things, I remember my grandfather talking with great pride as he would tell me stories of his service in the Army. In my youth, I never thought to say "thank you" for the service he provided. Now I wish nothing more than have him here today to right my past negligence. For all you younger guys here, if grandpa is till around and you havent thanked him yet, call him now.
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I just wanted to say thanks to all who have served, and still are serving, not knowing when they may get the call to go put their lives in grave danger, and yet not flinching when the time comes. I remember the homecoming my company recieved when we touched American soil after 6 months in the deserts of Saudi, Kuwait, and Iraq. I have the veterans that fought in vietnam and other wars to thank for that, gathering support while we were still at war, so we didn't have the same bitter welcome some of them recieved when they returned to U.S soil. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
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I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all those who have sacrificed thier hopes and dreams in behalf of me and my family by keeping us free.

IMHO the poem by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (Canada) says it all... and I feel it bears re-reading.

May God bless all vets and may God bless America.

LEVE

IN FLANDERS FIELD

In Flanders field 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.
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