Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Dale City, VA
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Re: O/T Veterans Day - 2002
These are not my thoughts, but I like them...
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
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
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
and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him
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
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
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
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.