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Veterans Day/Armistice Day/Remembrance Day


By TinSoldier - Posted on 11 November 2008

To veterans of wars, just or unjust, past or present, to Soldiers and Sailors and Marines and Airmen, to those on the sharp end of the stick, to those who fought for what they thought was right and for what they believed in, thank you. And to peace.

To the families of veterans, to the friends of veterans, and to those who would have served if they had been able.  To the individuals who celebrate freedom day by day by living humble lives. Thank you.

To those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of liberty or for the life of his fellow man, thank you. 

I always personally feel a little uncomfortable being thanked. Veterans do what they do for a lot of reasons, but personal glory is rarely one of them. We do what we do in order to Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, as well as for all of those who serve outside of the military.

It's for a greater purpose than just ourselves, a greater idea than any one individual or group of individuals can represent. 

 

 IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow 

Between the crosses row on row, 

That mark our place; and in the sky 

The larks, still bravely singing, fly 

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the Dead. Short days ago 

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 

Loved and were loved, and now we lie 

In Flanders fields.

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe: 

To you from failing hands we throw 

The torch; be yours to hold it high. 

If ye break faith with us who die 

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 

In Flanders fields. 

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) 

Canadian Army 

"For those who plan with audacity and execute with vigor,
progress is the magnificent by product." 

Bravo. Very touching words. 

"How can you build a future when your past still haunts your present" - M.R.H.

A friend of mine had his life prematurely removed due to a flash-flood in Iraq. I've had several high school friends deployed and several there now. I know a handful of veterans and nearly enlisted with the Marines my senior year in high school. I thank every person who is and has ever served this country. I am very humbled at their altruism. To those who have passed, may you rest in peace and for those who survived, may you come home with dignity and honor.

 

"Tolerance implies a Respect for one another, not because he is Wrong or even because he is Right, but because he is Human..." -John Cogley

Well Tin I am going to thank you, all of the Veterans here @ RFO and the countless others in our daily lives and around the world.

More than thanks, it is appreciation.  Appreciation as I do not know what motivates people to hear the call to serve their country.  It is not an easy life in times of peace and is made that much harder in times of war.  I would also like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the families of our veterans and active duty members as well.  If possible they may have had the hardest jobs of all.

I resist the label of “hero” and most soldiers do likewise.  What we have done is no more nor less than what others would do in our stead.  Most heroism is accidental and unplanned, and thus worthy of a less honorific term.  War is ugly and demeaning even when it is not fatal.  Like most warriors, my hope is that my efforts will reduce the likelihood that our children will have to face the same ugliness.  So far, that hope has gone unfulfilled, but I continue to hold optimism about our future.  We can adapt, we can change, we can overcome, and we have the energy and freedom to do so.  After all, that is what our flag and our Constitution stand for.

 

"I always personally feel a little uncomfortable being thanked. Veterans do what they do for a lot of reasons, but personal glory is rarely one of them. We do what we do in order to Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, as well as for all of those who serve outside of the military."

I don't want to make any veteran uncomfortable, but I WILL thank each and every one of you.  Your oath as soldiers and sailors was to defend the Constitution of the United States of America -- a document I hold very dear.  Thank you for defending it. 

 

 

I'm late to this discussion, so my apologies.

"I don't want to make any veteran uncomfortable, but I WILL thank each and every one of you."

I feel as you do, Kim. 

I live and/or work less than 20 minutes from 2 military bases, Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, so I am constantly running into Marines and other service personnel.  I don't make a big thing of it, but if it comes up, I do thank them.

I used to call my dad every Veteran's Day and wish him a good day.  He was a Navy veteran of WWII and served in the Navy Reserves for 30 years.

This past Tuesday my sister and I placed 2 miniature American flags on his grave and wished him a happy Veteran's Day.

Thank you so much to all of our military!!

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