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Old 11-10-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Veterans Day 2009

Say thank you to a Veteran or person currently serving in our armed forces. But for their efforts, we would not be free.


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Old 11-10-2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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Amen brother...

We have a great parade here in Northern California Petaluma Veterans Day Fly-In

should be a great way to honor our Vets and active duty..

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Old 11-11-2009, 05:09 AM   #3
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Well said! I too would like to thank all those who have served and sacrificed.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:31 AM   #4
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It is also Rememberance Day here in Canada. We rembember our vets who served and are currently serving.
Thank you to ALL vets and current troops fighting, for without them where would we be??
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:46 AM   #5
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As I watched a news story the other day on a cable news channel that is shunned by our government, something really hit me.
The story was about a bunch of volunteers up in Maine at an airport. They greet incoming flights of veterans and thank them for their service. It is truly fantastic that this trend is EVERYWHERE now. I see it in malls, on the street, and at other airports.

Now go back to when MANY of us served in the 60's and 70's. Instead of a handshake or pat on the back. Organized folks that truly did spit on us as we walked through an airport or down a street.

What the story brought out in my mind was the fact that those folks that organized those demonstrations back in those days.......are now community organizers or actually reorganizing the government now...........

The pendulum swings and time marches on...........THANKS FOR YOUR THOUGHTS.......God bless our country and those that are NOW putting their lives on the live to preserve what rights remain.........Dennis
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:01 AM   #6

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What is a Veteran?

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.

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 protestor to burn the flag."

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Thank you for this beautiful post, Robert.
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Thanks to all of you for your service and sacrifices on behalf of our country and its' citizens.
🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚❤️
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:41 AM   #9
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Great post, Robert. Brought tears to my eyes. Besides "Thank You", "Welcome Home" are two more words we all need to share.
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Today being Veterans Day, I called my dad to thank him for his 33yrs. of service, I did get choked up.

He was a Naval Aviator for many years, putting his live on the line for this country, just as thousands of breave men and women have done.

From the bottom of my heart, I say Thank You!!. Thank you seems so small for something so important and so large.

I will continue to pray and support all branches of the
Military of the United States of America

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