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Borrigain
11-09-2007, 02:14 PM
As a proud Veteran, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude and thanks to all those who have served. Many of us know a veteran who is a family member, relative, or friend. I would like you to know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

I would also like to share the following message ...

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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".

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"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." - Father Denis Edward O'Brien/USMC


Enjoy your weekend and Veteran’s Day ... and remember to say THANK YOU!!


Borr.
1/325 AIR
82d Airborne Division 1996-2000
1/160 IN(L)
40th IBCT CAARNG 2000-present

Edit: Oh, and if you're a vet from another country, though you may not celebrate the same day we do....Thank you too!

turkeymoon
11-09-2007, 02:25 PM
Well put.

Nevthial
11-09-2007, 02:32 PM
Thank you to all Veterans on this weekend.








US Army Sep '89- Dec '93

ZEFFLON
11-09-2007, 02:37 PM
Whole Heartly Agree Thanks



US Navy CPO 1990 - Present serving forward deployed in Italy.

Litz
11-09-2007, 02:41 PM
So far it's a bunch of Vets patting each other on the back.. So I'll join in Thanks Vets.

U.S. Navy 1991-1995

Cowdenicus
11-09-2007, 05:01 PM
The Final Inspection

The sailor stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you sailor
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The sailor squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep ...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just to steep,

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the sailor waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God,

Step forward now, you sailor,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

Borrigain
11-09-2007, 06:39 PM
Awesome Cowdenicus, never heard that one before.

It brought a tear to my eye.

/salute

:)
Borr.

Nataichal
11-09-2007, 11:19 PM
"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." - Father Denis Edward O'Brien/USMC



That's the quote we had displayed over the door in my Honor Guard office. To most, this is just a day off from work or class. Remember the prices paid by those who have served. Veterans and Memorial Days are about more than just a barbeque, or watermelon, or a day off.


2nd Space Warning Squadron
460th ABW Honor Guard
United States Air Force

2000-2004

Hvymetal
11-10-2007, 07:53 AM
Also would like to thank all my fellow vets out there.

USMC 89-93


Also to all the Jarheads out there since it's nov 10th Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!! OOOOOORAH!!!!!!

PhoenixFire31
11-10-2007, 08:10 AM
USAF 02-05

4th Component Maintenance Squadron-LANTIRN Shop

Seymour Johnson AFB

Still here since my husband is an F-15 Crew Chief.

SteveK14
11-10-2007, 08:17 AM
Thanks men and women for all your service. I did not serve but I fully understand and appreciate everything you have done for the American people. Also, thank you for keeping my big butt safe so I can play DDO 24/7.

Steve

Theboz
11-11-2007, 11:23 AM
I would like to thank all the vets out there, Thank -you

From a

Somolia Veteran
300th MP Company
http://www4.localaccess.com/dixon/somalia/

Sgt. Ronald N. Richerson made the ultimate sacrifice for our country:(

Gornin
11-11-2007, 05:48 PM
Thanks to all my fellow vets, and thanks to those who didn't serve but appreciate what we did/do.

My grandfather was one of the "lucky" ones. In WWII he hit the beach in Omaha and survived. Got transferred to another company because his was mostly wiped out. He was then a BAR man for the 423rd infantry and fought at the Battle of the Bulge where he was captured. He was a "guest of the Germans"( his own words ), until he was liberated in April. Almost a 5 month stay at a POW camp. He was normally around 180 pounds, but when liberated he was less than 100 lbs. He has lived his whole life with septicemia due to the lack of care to his wounds and malnutrition, and the doctors said he would never walk again because of the damage to his legs. He still walks to this day and he is 84 years old and he is still the town handy man. He also did a 22 year tour in the Coast Gaurd and retired as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7). I grew up with this man, and can only hope to be half the man he is. A true hero in my eyes.

My Dad was a Navy Chief Warrant officer and did 2 tours in Nam in the Brown Water Navy (Swiftboats). Didn't know him well, but know he had a lot of problems related to his time. Died in 1994.

Myself, a retired Navy guy, GMMCS (E-8). Spent most of my time in NAVSPECWARGRU2.

Cowdenicus
11-11-2007, 08:04 PM
Thanks to all my fellow vets, and thanks to those who didn't serve but appreciate what we did/do.

My grandfather was one of the "lucky" ones. In WWII he hit the beach in Omaha and survived. Got transferred to another company because his was mostly wiped out. He was then a BAR man for the 423rd infantry and fought at the Battle of the Bulge where he was captured. He was a "guest of the Germans"( his own words ), until he was liberated in April. Almost a 5 month stay at a POW camp. He was normally around 180 pounds, but when liberated he was less than 100 lbs. He has lived his whole life with septicemia due to the lack of care to his wounds and malnutrition, and the doctors said he would never walk again because of the damage to his legs. He still walks to this day and he is 84 years old and he is still the town handy man. He also did a 22 year tour in the Coast Gaurd and retired as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7). I grew up with this man, and can only hope to be half the man he is. A true hero in my eyes.

My Dad was a Navy Chief Warrant officer and did 2 tours in Nam in the Brown Water Navy (Swiftboats). Didn't know him well, but know he had a lot of problems related to his time. Died in 1994.

Myself, a retired Navy guy, GMMSC (E-8). Spent most of my time in NAVSPECWARGRU2.

I knew I liked you. :)

Former SK here, I have a great sea story to tell you some time.

Kalanth
11-11-2007, 08:12 PM
As a Veteran I also want to say thank you to those that have served and are serving. It is an important occupation that no other line of work can ever equal. Job well done to all of you.

[Med. Ret.] USAF 2001 - 2004

Vorn
11-11-2007, 08:13 PM
Thanks for this thread and these posts. It means a lot.
Best regards,
V
U.S. Navy
1994-present

Razar
11-11-2007, 08:41 PM
Thank You Veterans!


US Army
24th & 25th Infantry Div.
1981 to 1985.

brshelton
11-11-2007, 08:53 PM
2nd Space Warning Squadron

huh? warn when aliens invade?

Nataichal
11-11-2007, 10:08 PM
Close. I operated the Space Based Infra Red System (SBIRS). Basically a bunch of heat sensing satellites that watched for nuclear war, missle launches and (yes) things burning up on a reentry in the atmosphere. The shuttle was regularly the hottest thing we'd see.

Cept, of course, some of the explosions during Shock and Awe. Those were fun to watch.

Bekki
12-12-2007, 03:49 PM
I know this is late, but I would
like to thank All of the Outstanding vets

USMC 1986 to 1996
USMCR 1996 to 2001
USMCR 2006 to 08-21-2007

VMA 131 Feb 1987- Sept 1987
VMFA 312 Sept 1987 - Jan 1989
VMFA 333 Jan 1989 - Sept 1991
VMFA 321 Mar 1996 - Aug 2001
MAG 49/ MALS 49 June 2006 - Aug 2007

Desert Shield/ Desert Storm Aug 22 1990 to April 24 1991

To ALL Vets SEMPER FI!!!

And I Salute you!

Litz
12-12-2007, 03:52 PM
If I don't have pets do I still need to thank a Vet? ;)

Cupcake
12-13-2007, 09:55 AM
If I don't have pets do I still need to thank a Vet? ;)

Oh good lord you were reading my mind LOL.