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It's Veterans/Remembrance/Armistice Day

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Elizabeth, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    And if you are one, have one or know one in your family, as a friend, etc, please tell them "Thank you" for their service.

    USAR 1982-1984
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  2. Ray

    Ray Active Member

    I thank those who actually "defend"

    So thank you!

    (sorry for not typing more but you know how xencops are)
  3. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    Thanks to the veterans! :D
  4. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Both of my exes are veterans, both bear scars of war, both emotionally and physically.

    God bless our veterans, and take care of them. They deserve it.

    *wonders what a xencop is*
  5. JamesBrown

    JamesBrown Well-Known Member

    On another day I might have had a giggle with that sentence,

    I won't, the topic is too serious. We will remember them
  6. Lawrence

    Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Being a retired member of the Canadian Forces, I have participated in numerous Remembrance day ceremonies. The best part of the day is heading over to the local Legion and having a beer with the veterans, and listening to their stories. It is also the saddest part of the day.

    When I was in Oklahoma City, we still did our Canadian Remembrance day ceremony: marching to the cenotaph, bugler playing the Last Post, and Reveille, reading of the poems In Flanders Field and High Flight, and making our way to an American Legion to have a beer with the American vets. What I learned is American And Canadian vets share the same stories, and as they re-live them, you can see in their eyes that they are 17 again, remembering comrades in arms, and friends, falling around them in muddy trenches.

    As each year passes, less and less war vets from WWI & II remain. If you have the opportunity today, thank them while you still can. In Canada, we have just one WWI veteran left.
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  7. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your service. Larry.
  8. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Oh my, I didn't get it til I re-read your sentence a couple of times. :)

    Thank you for your service Lawrence, and all of our military veterans on this site.
  9. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    I'll drink to this! In a couple hours, anyways...it's only 10 AM here :p
  10. Jo.

    Jo. Well-Known Member

    They shall grow not old,
    As we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them,
    Nor the years condemn,
    At the going down of the sun
    And in the morning,
    We will remember them.

  11. Lawrence

    Lawrence Well-Known Member

    I stand corrected, our last remaining WWI vet died this year, he was 109.

    An appropriate poem for every day, not just for today (author unknown):

    He was getting old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew whereof he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer,
    For old Bob has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer
    For a Soldier died today.

    He won't be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won't note his passing,
    Tho a Soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state.
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young.
    But the passing of a Soldier
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Someone who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician’s stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Soldier,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, though small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier--
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Soldier,
    Who would fight until the end?

    He was just a common Soldier,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his like again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Soldier's part,
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:
  12. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Beautiful Lawrence. Beautiful.
  13. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Here in Ohio, Golden Corral, Applebees, Charleys, IHop, and several other restaurants are giving free meals to all Veterans, as a way of saying "Thank you".
  14. boatswife

    boatswife Active Member

    Happy Veteran's Day to all~

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