a thank you to those who serve

  • jeep334

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    Jan 22, 2015 12:54 PM GMT
    Because I have never served the way you have served nor have I taken the responsibility to protect my fellow men and women with my own life as you have, I will never fully comprehend the sacrifices you have made for me. I do know that every task you accomplish every day, no matter how simple or complex, allows me to live my life my way accompanied with all the freedoms I take for granted. You are paying the price for the protection of my life and my freedom.

    I cannot fathom the gear you carry on your back nor the fear you carry in your heart as you face death at every turn. The grueling existence you endure every day is beyond my comprehension.

    The rewards we offer in return will never be enough. We owe our lives to you. I fully understand your sacrifice is made even greater being apart from those you love.

    Because of your sacrifices there is hope for generations to come. With a great degree of sincerity and humility, I say simply, “thank you” for serving and protecting. For all that you've done and continue to do for me, my family, my friends and our country please know that to us, you soar like the eagle and are truly the wind beneath our wings.

    May those who serve today and those who have served in the past know how much we are indebted to them for their service.
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    Jan 22, 2015 2:11 PM GMT
    O the sanctimony...it BURNS.......
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    Jan 22, 2015 2:38 PM GMT
    I do appreciate being recognized for my 25 years in a US military uniform. But praise embarrasses me. Yeah, I relate a lot of my life to those years, I talk about it all the time, but praise I don't require.

    Because I was just having FUN! I LOVED what I was doing. If I didn't I wouldn't have stayed so long. I loved my military life, and the most difficult day of my life (in addition to having my first partner die in my arms) was when I had to take that uniform off for the last time.

    So how can you thank me, for just having fun? Yeah, it was tough at times, dirty & dangerous. But that was also part of the fun.

    I appreciate the thank-you, but it was the best time of my life. I feel guilty getting any recognition for it. And I'm not alone in this.
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    Jan 22, 2015 4:45 PM GMT
    Thanks for your thoughts Art. I take off every election day and work at a poling location as a coordinator. Part of my job is to help anyone who needs assistance with the processing of their ballot. I've made it a point to quietly shake the hand and say thank you to every police officer, fireman, uniformed military or veteran (if I can identify them somehow). They have all reacted the same as you, Art, telling me that they are grateful for the appreciation but do not need nor seek it. Saying thanks is the very least we can do.
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    Jan 22, 2015 9:00 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidO the sanctimony...it BURNS.......


    What I miss???

    --you're welcome, I guess.
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    Jan 23, 2015 5:26 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidO the sanctimony...it BURNS.......


    LOL! "We belong to a mu-tu-al, ..."
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    Jan 24, 2015 3:38 AM GMT
    You're welcome.
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    Jan 24, 2015 11:17 AM GMT
    I think you will find that most people's reactions are similar to Arts. Most (not all) veterans are very humble in their experience.
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    Jan 24, 2015 5:58 PM GMT
    I was too young to go to Vietnam. Never went into any of our wars or conflicts. But! I am grateful every single day for my freedom to walk around and do as I please because of guys like each and every one of you who served and fought for the rest of us. Thank you for your service.
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    Jan 24, 2015 11:27 PM GMT
    Your welcome..
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    Jan 24, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
    jeep334 said
    Thanks for your thoughts Art. I take off every election day and work at a poling location as a coordinator. Part of my job is to help anyone who needs assistance with the processing of their ballot. I've made it a point to quietly shake the hand and say thank you to every police officer, fireman, uniformed military or veteran (if I can identify them somehow). They have all reacted the same as you, Art, telling me that they are grateful for the appreciation but do not need nor seek it. Saying thanks is the very least we can do.

    You're very welcome. And a nice thing you wrote. You obviously understand what I said. Real soldiers, sailors, marines & airmen, and I guess other uniformed service people, don't make a big fuss about being appreciated.

    Oh, we may like to talk about our "war stories", I do it here all the time. It was an important time in our lives. But appreciation? Nah, not for me. As I wrote above, I was having too much goddam fun for 25 years! icon_biggrin.gif