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General Discussions Discuss Veteran's Day in the Community Center forums; Today is one of the most important holidays of the year, in my opinion. As a veteran myself it holds special meaning. The men and women of our armed services ...
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    Veteran's Day

    Today is one of the most important holidays of the year, in my opinion. As a veteran myself it holds special meaning. The men and women of our armed services have defended and fought for freedom and democracy for over 200 years. Not only for the citizens of the United States, but across the entire world. It is a big job, sometimes we have to do it alone, occasionally, there are other countries who support us. It is sometimes a thankless job, just ask a Vietnam Vet about that, but right or wrong, win or lose, it is the servicemen and women who do their best to fulfill these duties so that other people can enjoy the same freedoms that we do here in the United States of America.

    If you know a Veteran, give a handshake or hug so they know that their part they played, whatever it was, even if they typed paperwork in Omaha, is appreciated. It is really the least we as citizens can do to thank them for their service. If you are off work today, enjoy the freedom that you have.

    If you have anyone you would like to thank or write about this is the place.
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    I guess I'll start off by giving a loud shout to all the Marines of the 11th Regiment, 1st MarDiv, my old unit. Semper Fi and be safe!
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    this was posted by someone on my motorcycle message board, felt it was appropriate for this thread.....

    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. 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, the 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."
    author- Father Denis Edward O'Brien
    USMC


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    Remembrance Day

    We always celebrate the 11/11 each year too. Here in the UK, wecall it Remembrance Day.

    It is a tradition to buy a Red Poppy and wear it with pride (just as I have done over the past few days). This is to show your appreaciation and thoughts for those who gave their lives in order that we can live our lives the way we do today.
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    In Canada it is Rememberence Day also. Myself and my two DD's bought our poppies yesterday. My oldest who is 9 is singing in the choir in the assembly at school today has been asking all about Rememberece Day, poppies and the poem "Flanders Fields". I have explained as best as I could, but she does not really understand about war. I hope she never does and we have many veterens to thank for that.
    So on behalf of my family - Thank You.

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    You just made my day, Grumpydude!
    I've never seen that before, but I sure won't forget it now. Thanks!
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    That is awesome GRUMPY...read it outloud to the BF and could hardly get thru without tearing up
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    I have found another poem by the same gentleman..thot y'all would like this one too
    Remember
    Written by Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC

    It was the Veteran, not the reporter,
    who has given us the freedom of the press.

    It was the Veteran, not the poet,
    who has given us freedom of speech.

    It was the Veteran, not the lawyer,
    who has given us the right to fair trial.

    It was the Veteran, not the campus organizer,
    who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

    It is the Veteran, who salutes the flag,
    who served under the flag,
    and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
    who allows the protestor to burn the flag.


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    I was interested and did a search on Father O'Brien and found this info---regardless of who wrote either one they are moving and lovely poems
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    Fr. O'Brien used this [What is a Veteran?] and many other writings concerning veterans. The poem you are referring to seems to be the main piece of literature that people refer to. He was always quick to state that he was not the author, but did find the text poignant. I am sorry to say we do not know the original author,
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    I have much respect for the men and women in our armed forces. They accomplish everyday something I would never have the guts to do.

    I use this day to remember my grandfather who was in WWII and my own father who was in Vietnam.

    I attend an American Indian Pow Wow twice a year. Every time I have to bring tissues as they spend part of the opening respecting all veterans.....it is a very moving tribute as they invite people into the circle....
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    I have some very good friends that are Cherokee and they sometimes invite me to their big pow wows they have every so often. You are right, the Native Americans have a lot of respect for veterans, and not just on veteran's day. And they are the ones with the most reason to dislike anything to do with the U.S. military!
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    Well said, SOG. It's a shame IMHO the way veterans are treated often times here, as they are true heroes. I won't get on any soapbox, but my utmost respect goes to anyone who donates their time, energy, spirit and often times, life for our nation and the freedom of people worldwide.

    I salute and sincerely thank you, and ALL veterans, both home and abroad, those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and those who are still missing and their familiies.

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