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  • Remember - November 11 is Veterans Day

    For my Brothers and Sisters at home and abroad - remember those who came before us.

    Remember November 11th is Veterans Day
    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 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 the 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 protestor to burn the flag."

    Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC

    ________________

    Stay Safe and God Bless
    "There is true glory and true honor, the glory of duty done and the honor of integrity and principles." - Robert E. Lee

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    I wish all the veterans and current hard chargin' military men and women a Happy and safe Veteran's Day!

    Also want to wish all the MARINES a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Nov. 10th! The link below is the Commandant's Birthday message:

    SEMPER FI!

    http://www.usmc.mil/comrel/120day.nsf/cmcmessage02

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