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  • Since Veterans Day is this weekend........

    I thought I'd post this:

    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 alloy forged in the refinery of adversity.

    Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safewear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking.

    What is a vet?

    He’s 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’s 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’s the POW who went away one person and came back another... or didn’t come back at all.

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

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

    He’s 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’s the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, palsied now and aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wished all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

    He’s an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of this 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’s a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he’s 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!"

    Remember November 11th is Veterans Day.

    It’s the soldier, sailor, marine and airman, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

    It’s the soldier, sailor, marine and airman, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

    It is the soldier, sailor, marine and airman, 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.

    Author Unknown

  • #2
    Amen.

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    • #3
      My Dad, now 80, is a World War II veteran. He was not injured but carries a lot of pain inside seeing so many of his friends hurt and killed. He was shot down over New Zealand. They managed to make it from the plane and get away just before the Japanese arrived. They were on the Japanese side of the island and did make it back to the Allied side. They did but then there were endless hours of interrorgation to make sure they were who they said they were.
      I found all this out from my uncle....Dad refuses to talk about the war and I don't pressure him to do so.
      He met my mother while in the Army. She worked in a laundry and be brought his clothe sin to be cleaned. She said he's been throwing dirty laundry in his her face ever since. lol
      Neither talk about the war.....It was a very hard time for both of them. They were married 54 years in September.

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      • #4
        I second that GDenman!
        "To each his own"

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        • #5
          That is Outstanding! I have it pinned on my bul. brd. now.

          Have a great Veterans Days!

          And HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marines! 226 years old and still going strong!

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          • #6
            God bless them all.... Let us never forget them, those that are still alive and those that have departed. Let us ensure the generations that follow never forget them or the respect they deserve and their place in history.

            [ 11-10-2001: Message edited by: wonderwoman ]

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            • #7
              Thanks for posting that Nite!
              6P1 (retired)

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              • #8
                As a Veteran let me say thanks to all my brothers and sisters out there. As a MIlitary Policeofficer let me say thanks to all my LEO brothers and sisters out there. WE both do a lot with little reconization if any. I believe the foundations of this country is based upon the shoudlers of all of us and as long as we remain strong and true we will keep America safe and free. As we pass this burden to the newer younger Military and LEO's lets help them learn the things we learned the hard way. God rest you all who have lost their lives and are suffering from physical and mental ailments today. I know I will always be thinking of and thanking you.

                Klar
                Are you a Veteran? If so join AMVETS the only organization that accepts all vets no matter when or where they served. Contact me for more info.

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