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11-11-2009, 08:44 AM
A big thank you to the men and women past and present that serve our country. Because of what you do and have done we can live the life we do.
I pulled this poem from another site. The least I can do.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. Lest we forget
11-11-2009, 09:12 AM
You're welcome!! (And thank YOU for saying so.)
547th Engineer Btn, Darmstadt, Germany - 1986-1989
72nd Engineer Co, Ft. Benning, GA - 1989-1990
11-11-2009, 02:59 PM
Happy Veteran's Day!
USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) 1996-2001
11-11-2009, 05:22 PM
Thank you all very much. I truly am great full that I can enjoy the privileges of being an American citizen, thanks to the hard work of the men and women who serve. I also am great full that I got to go fishing today instead of going to work. Thanks for everything!
11-11-2009, 05:50 PM
11-12-2009, 09:37 PM
Here is some more good words that I found.
Vets - USA
by Streamer » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:14 pm
I liftes this from another FF'ing site. It's the best I've ever read;
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
He is the Quantico 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
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 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
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 is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It
is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the
soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose
coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
R.I.P. PFC Harold G. "Bud" McDowell
USMC, 3rd/3rd/India Co.
I still miss you big bro.
11-13-2009, 08:02 PM
great post. thanks for writing that.
USN Seabees 72-76
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