• jeep334

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    May 26, 2015 2:11 AM GMT
    If there was such a thing as a reverse bucket list, a kind of list where you would put all the things you would do over if given an opportunity to do so, I would place "serve my country as a soldier" on that list. I never had the guts nor the real inner strength to serve my country in that way. I grew up during the Vietnam Era along with all of the horrible consequences of that war. I truly look at our men and women who serve and have served much differently today than I did back at that time. At one time in my life I was angry with the concept that a person who had served in the military was still able to receive benefits throughout their life, long after their service ended. Today I feel like we can never give back enough.

    I know death well and am still and humbled and brought low by the concept. It is truly like a thief in the night. What a different tomorrow will be for those people who have had their lives changed so quickly with the loss of their loved one who was a solider.

    As you look at the boxes of the flag-draped coffins, you won’t know the color, the race, the sex nor the life of those once vibrant lives inside. It doesn't matter what the color is or the sexual preference or the religion or the political views. All we know for sure is that each one has given the ultimate sacrifice for us.

    I sincerely hope we have all taken a moment to remember those who have given so much for so many. At the end of the day, what has come to pass is that because they gave their lives, you and I can live ours.

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    May 26, 2015 2:21 AM GMT
    Wow, a thread on Memorial Day about actually memorializing those for whom this day is named. Thank you!
    <-- Former US Navy
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    May 26, 2015 4:16 PM GMT
    We too often take for granted what those men have done and still do to protect their country ..
    Thanks mate for waking us up , sometimes we forgot too easily !