Thank a Veteran Today!

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    Nov 11, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    Hey guys with today being Veterans Day I just wanted to Thank all our Veterans here on this site for serving our country and helping to protect us, and our freedoms. It is because of you that we live freely. Your brave and heroic acts will always be remembered. I hope where ever you are that you are being Honored today by your hometowns. Thank You for my freedoms. Have a Great Day!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 11, 2009 5:02 PM GMT

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  • swlaman82

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    Nov 11, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    Thank you to all of our veterans and those who are currently fighting for us. Remember that freedom isn't free!
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    Nov 11, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
    You know you're man when you're willing to stand between a bullet and The United States.

    Thinking of all who serve, and have served, today. Thanks guys.
  • jc_online

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    Nov 11, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Thank you guys. I pray you are watched over on your missions. Peace.
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    Nov 11, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    As you probably know, Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day. At 11:11 on 11/11/1918, the First World War came to an end. On that last day, despite the fact that it was widely known to be the last day of the war, generals sent 11,000 men to their deaths. 11,000 men, nearly home.

    Armistice Day was later changed to Veteran’s Day to broaden the remembrance to veterans of all wars. This always reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite artists, Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut was a World War II veteran and ex-prisoner of war, whose birthday just happens to be 11 November. The quote reflects his belief that this holiday, once it was broadened to be Veteran’s Day, ceased to be sacred. I will agree with him, and I always refer to this day as Armistice Day.

    I find this holiday to be the most moving of all holidays, though it would be difficult to call it my favorite. Extraordinary things have been done by those in the military for the rest of us, and those Americans who have not yet been born.

    To those who served and are serving: Thank you. You are in my thoughts more than just on this day.

    “When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind. Armistice Day has become Veterans' Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans' Day is not. So I will throw Veterans' Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things. What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance. And all music is." –Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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    Nov 11, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    I must say that that how glad we are to have such brave men fighting for the just cause. Not just the veterans, but anybody who is even serving today I salute you.
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    Nov 11, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
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    Nov 11, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
    Simply the best! Thanks a million!!icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    Cheers to all the vets on RJ. I've learned about many of you, but I know there are many many more out there, too.

    Personal thanks to my dad, who enlisted in the Navy in 1950 (1st photo) soon after graduating high school (2nd).
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    Oh man, is it weird to tell you your dad was hot? icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    swlaman82 saidThank you to all of our veterans and those who are currently fighting for us. Remember that freedom isn't free!


    The full quotation, that I painted on the wall of my classroom when I was a combat tactics instructor:

    Freedom isn't free.
    Freedom isn't even cheap.
    Freedom is purchased over and over again at terrible price, which is never fully paid...
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    crownroyal117 saidOh man, is it weird to tell you your dad was hot? icon_eek.gif

    Ha! No. He was athletic and popular, and followed suit like so many other straight guys and let himself go with age. He retired as Master Chief, but never was in shape past the '60s. Horrible health in his 70s now.
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
    Well he was a handsome man, even at 5'6! heheheh.... he had a fabulous haircut for the day...
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
    metta8 said
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    We have more work to get done for you guys. Sorry it is taking so long....
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My God what a striking statement this makes !!! Thank you vets !!!!!
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    I always remember our Vets, due to a long family history of serving, but I do want to say a big "thank you" to any guys here who have served, or are currently serving. We need more people like you in this world. Thanks for keeping the rest of us less deserving safe!
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    Thank You. Us veteran's really appreciate it.
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    Thanks! We do it for people like you who appreciate their freedom and want to pass it on to future generations!
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    Nov 11, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    texasdawg saidThanks! We do it for people like you who appreciate their freedom and want to pass it on to future generations!


    And that's why we love you guys so much!!!
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    Nov 12, 2009 12:01 AM GMT
    Rest in peace Grandpa. (^^)
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    Nov 12, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    texasdawg saidThanks! We do it for people like you who appreciate their freedom and want to pass it on to future generations!


    Words can never describe how thankful we are to each and everyone of you guys.
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    Jan 01, 2011 2:51 AM GMT

    I am personally very proud of the many men who have served my beloved Country in every war and skirmish since 1662! Rock on Canter and Farber Clans!