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Old 11-11-2009, 12:31 PM   #15
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Thanks to all you Veterans and active service members!!! You are in my heart EVERY day....not just Veteran's Day.

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Old 11-11-2009, 03:00 PM   #16
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Veteran's day

Veteran's should be thanked everyday, not just once a year.

They put their lives on the line for all of us.

Attached is a photo of the oil, that's still being released by the battleship, ARIZONA.

This photo was taken October 25th, 2009.

As time goes on, the oil coming to the surface, many years ago, was a drop here and a drop there.

Today, the oil comes up faster and in greater amounts than ever. Somedays, enough where the odor from it, is very obvious.

There doesn't seem to be any estimates, when the oil will be gone. As of now, it's been almost 68 years.

There is a new parkland being built that should be completed early next year. The funds needed for the new park, is all on hand, and came from donations from people, and companies. New donations, will help the upkeep.

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Old 11-11-2009, 03:22 PM   #17
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It's a funny thing about Veterans Day even though I am a veteran I don't feel a need to be recognized. It used to be called "Armistice day" celebrating the end of World War I. I think it should become "Hope for Peace Day" where we recognize the service of all and the reason for that service. As a two tour Vietnam Veteran that is all that I hoped for was peace, then, and peace when I got home. All vets of all of our wars alive, KIA, dead or disabled all wanted and worked for the same thing... Peace.
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Thanks Andy for starting this thread, and to all my brothers-in-arms.....wherever you might be!

My 30 yrs. of service covered a period that included a very unpopular that most in uniform did not "choose" to fight. Thankfully, we all "did" learn something from that conflict......and, now the sons and daughters of the Vietnam veterans (who have not forgotten) are receiving much better recognition for their service. I really think it is wonderful to see the "welcome home" ceremonies at airports, the gestures of appreciation from complete strangers, and the perks that businesses provide to vets. Nothing can replace the sacrifices that military members make, but the mere thought that they are appreciated goes a long way towards making it seem worthwhile.

We live in a predominantly military area.....largest Air Force Base in the world with nine airfields, and a large retired population. Displays of patriotism are a common occurence. However, there was one that will be with me forever:

During our Harley riding days, I rode with a group called the "Patriot Riders" (initially formed to block out the idiot preacher from Kansas that conducted demonstrations at military funerals). The organization grew to a point that we (if the family desired) would escort any deceased military duty, retired, or difference. There was a young female Airman, from this area, that was killed in a military accident.....we received the emails that the family would like an escort from the local funeral home to Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL (40 miles away). Over 100 riders assembled at the funeral home, and quietly waited outside as services were conducted. The first thing that struck me, was that the Mother (who had two other kids in the military) walked around the group and personally thanked each rider for being there. We pulled out of the funeral home, two abreast, American flags flying from the bikes, with the hearse following in the rear. Local deputies, through three separate counties, blocked off each intersection as we passed (at about 20-25 mph). But, one of the most amazing things that occurred was people along the route, even those who were stopping their cars in the oncoming lane and getting out, standing at attention and snapping a salute as the procession passed. As we approached the bridge into Pensacola, another large group of Patriot Riders joined our initial group, and a Escambia County Police Motorcyle escort of nine lead the way to the cemetery....with a police helicopter overhead. We parked our bikes on each side of the cemetery drive, stood at attention, and saluted as the hearse passed by. We kept our distance while the family members held their graveside service, but were invited by the family to pay our respects if we chose to do so. Now, this young Airman was not a celebrity, not the daughter of a dignitary......simply a military member that had died in the line of duty. Her final honors were worthy of any head-of-state......something I was proud to be a part of......something I will never forget......and, something that I wish every Vet could receive.

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YouTube - Melissa Venema bij Andre Rieu op het Vrijthof in Maastricht
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Years ago my father took me to visit three separate US Cemeteries in Normandy. I was told never to forget what I saw there. I have not.

Take your kids to Arlington at least once.
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YouTube - Melissa Venema bij Andre Rieu op het Vrijthof in Maastricht

Years ago my father took me to visit three separate US Cemeteries in Normandy. I was told never to forget what I saw there. I have not.

Take your kids to Arlington at least once.
Thank you, thank you, for your post.

This should be played in every classroom, from about the 2nd grade thru college.

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Old 11-11-2009, 07:44 PM   #21
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I was priviliged to serve, back in the late '60s.
To all other Vets, thank you so much.
To all those, responding on this thread, thank you so much also.
For those to came back with injurys, and for those who did'nt come back, please accept my tears, I won't forget.

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