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vettage
Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 6:41 AM

HAPPY VETERANS' DAY

To any and all who have served their country in either peace or war, Happy Veteran's Day.

I belong to several Fantasy Football websites, and the owner of one of them sends an e-mail every Memorial and Veteran's Day to honor those who have served.

I thought I would pass along the gist of it, aside from his personal comments, to a broader audience;

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 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 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 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

Happy Veterans' Day!
Tim
D15E(combat heavy)
9th Infantry Div.
1980-1983

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 6:52 AM

I served 1978 - 1986. Those were stirring words.

paralady
Paralady  (Level: 123.1 - Posts: 6)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 7:37 AM

Thank you Missgeorge and thank you to all veterans.

Lee Ann

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.3 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 7:39 AM

In case it's of interest, the UK Remembrance seems to be different.

We had our nation-wide 2-minute Silence today (Saturday). All (well, mostly!) comes to a stop, including airports, TV/radio media, etc.
Our Remembrance parades, national and local, are tomorrow (Sunday).

It's more of a religious & solemn occasion in the UK, not combined with the 'Happy' day that the US and ANZACs also seem to have - nothing wrong with that, maybe we should lighten up!

jjnoel
Jjnoel  (Level: 60.5 - Posts: 9)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 8:14 AM

Very Powerful, Tim, I am so proud of you! Thank you to you and all those past and present who have given and continue to give their service to protect our rights and our freedom. We take so much for granted, thanks for putting it in perspective.

May God Bless all the veterans today.

Julie

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 8:44 AM

I served in '61-'63 in Berlin and I remember that it wasn't too long after that when it became very unpopular to be in the military. I'm glad opinions have changed in regards to military service. It's refreshing to know that the people in this country are not blaming the troops for the arrogance of our politicians. I sure wouldn't want Rumsfield in MY parade!

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 9:37 AM

God bless the veterans and their families!

Marilyn...

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5493)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 10:10 AM

Tim that was a very moving tribute to all veterans...Being the wife, daughter, and niece of veterans I am so proud of our service men and women who gave their all for their country and for us! Today I salute you and as the Marines will say "Semper Fe"...THANK YOU ONE AND ALL....
A very grateful American....
Vickie

mskillian
Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 10:27 AM

Remembering all those who fought for the freedoms that we enjoy everyday.

Thanks for your courage and sacrifice.

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 686)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 12:03 PM

We wear our poppies proud in Montreal, Canada - It is huge up here to remember the vets that fought for the world's freedom. God Bless Them All...Lest We Forget.

Jo

sploofus
Justin  
Sat, 11th Nov '06 12:50 PM

*Officially* the best post ever in Sploofus chat.

groupw
Groupw  (Level: 144.4 - Posts: 153)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 1:18 PM

That sure put a lump in my throat. Every word of that couldn't be more true. Thanks to Vets everywere for doing what was (and still is) needed when others didn't want to.

US Army
2nd Armored Div.
1986-1990

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 1120)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 2:02 PM

Heartfelt thanks to all who have served!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 2:04 PM

I must go blow my nose and call my father-in-law.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 3:19 PM

Yesterday was Remembrance Day in Australia. We observed two minutes of silence at 11am. Those who had served in war relived memories, and thought of comrades; those who had not served honored those who had.

This day is held with as much solemnity as Anzac Day, (25th April, anniversary of Aussie troops landing at Gallipoli, WW1) The spirit is still very strong, the bonds of camaraderie very real, the memories still very close to the surface.


I stopped work for a while and thought of the freedom and privileges I enjoy because someone fought hard enough to give me what I take as a right.
Thank you to all those who made Australia what it is today, it is a better place for your valiant efforts and ultimate sacrifice.
With humble respect.....
~Bev



geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.7 - Posts: 1521)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 3:50 PM

I wish we observed a nationwide silence in the U.S. on Veteran's Day. It is really a
lovely way to remember.

I have a story for you about a modern day Marine veteran from our city, who served in Iraq, and who was killed in March, 2003. I had the honor of being asked to sing at his funeral, one of the most memorable events I have ever attended. His name was Jesus Suarez del Solar. www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/oif/profiles/solarjesusasuarezdel.html As the funeral cortege went past all the places he loved as a boy,the soccer fields, his school, the cortege went onto the freeway and six lanes of traffic on each side, came to a complete stop. It was amazing; truckers, hat in had, stood silently by their rigs, blond haired tots with their moms, waving the flag, and teachers with their students holding signs saying, "thank you for your sacrifice." For that brief moment, a small part of the world was united in grief.

It therefore suprised me when our city was again in the national news, as being among the first in the country to make criminals out of landlords who rent their units to people without proper "identification." Jesus' father made national news when he began to speak out against the war and became a peace activist. He was told by many xenophobes in town that he was a disgrace to his son's memory and a traitor to his adopted country, and to go back to Mexico.

Jesus gave his life in service to the U.S., and his fellow Hispanics face roadblocks every day as they attempt a better life in this country. Every time you eat a salad or enjoy a steak, thank a Hispanic who had a part in getting that to your table. It's tough to watch a people work so hard and ask for nothing more in return than to work, live with a decent roof over their heads, raise their families in peace, and send money back to their hungry loved ones south of the border.

I hope you will click on the link I gave you and say thanks to Jesus for his sacrifice, and to all veterans who have served and those who still serve.

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

Have a grateful Veteran's Day.

Claire

alaskan420
Alaskan420  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 191)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 4:04 PM

Happy Veterans Day to all,and a very special tribute to my father and all those like him who not only served one tour in combat,but who were brave enough to answer the call for more....Love ya Pops!!.........Wayne(4th/123rd AVN 1989-1992)

mandy226
Mandy226  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 128)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 5:56 PM

That brought tears to my eyes.
A lovely post Vettage.

Mandy

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 8:48 PM

Incredible Tim....thanks....

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 11th Nov '06 9:36 PM

Tim, my Desert Shield Navy vet and I thank you and all vets for your service; bless you for sharing that moving and beautiful piece with us.

Sincerely,
Donna and John


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