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Ladyvol  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 5673)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 9:00 AM


HAPPY VETERANS DAY....and a BIG thank you from the bottom of my heart...
The wife, daughter, niece and aunt of veterans....

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 9:48 AM

Thanks for posting this, Vickie!

Giving thanks to all the veterans of the US Armed Forces!


Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6102)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 9:55 AM

Thanks, Vickie, for posting! Happy Veteran's Day, and thanks to the many veterans who have served our country. Daughter and niece of veterans.


Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1735)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 10:02 AM

happy veterans day fron a mother daughter niece granddaughter thankyou to you all x j

Surreyman  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 2775)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 10:04 AM

Not forgetting the UK & Commonwealth (Empire) forces too!

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 10:08 AM

All veteran's are the heroes of their country. God bless them all, past and present.

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.5 - Posts: 687)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 10:36 AM


Dear Lord
Please let me have regular dreams like others do
Not these nightmares of memory
Let my dreams be filled with light and joy
Not smoke and terror
Let me hear the laughter of children
Not the screams of men dying
Let the birds fill the air with song
Not the sounds of bombs and bullets
Let the rivers run pure and clear
Not red with blood
Let everyone be healthy and whole
Not missing limbs and faces
Let the earth look as you made it
Not scorched and cratered
Let me wake up smiling
Not searching for the enemy
Let the sweat on my pillow be from summer's heat
Not the sweat of fear and anxiety
but dear Lord most of all
I beg you
Please don't let my children or their children
pray to you as I am doing tonight

Written by Maria Sutherland
September 16, 1999

1mks  (Level: 220.9 - Posts: 5928)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 10:53 AM

To all veterans, past and present, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to your matter which country that might be. I certainly respect and honor your service.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 21612)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 11:29 AM

I echo all those posts. Don't want to steal Felix's words with which he ends so many of his posts so will leave that to him-Linda

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 11th Nov '08 11:31 AM

Beautiful poem, Joanne. Thank you for posting it; I'm going to read it at the pub tonight.

As the wife, mother, relative and friend of veterans, I humbly thank and honor all veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, and I thank the nation for honoring that service and sacrifice on this special day. May we also honor them by demanding that they receive the best available equipment and training for deployment, that upon returning home injured or traumatized they have full access to prompt and adequate medical support, that they don't have to wait two months for mental health care after serving four deployments, that they not have to end up living under bridges and begging on street corners because they lack adequate resources and services to successfully rejoin society. There will be approximately 1.7 million veterans returned from the current wars, and there is so much more that we owe them, but please let us meet this bare minimum of gratitude and compensation for their service - it really is the least we can do.

Honor, like love, is a verb, not a noun - it's what you do, not what you say.


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