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Old 11-10-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: somewhere south of Canada
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I just wanted to post and say a big Thank You to all our veterans. This country would not be the great nation it is without your sacrifice.


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Old 11-10-2008, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Don't forget to fly your US flag. If you can, half mast (or straight out 90 degree when attached to your house) until noon and then raised (45 degree) the rest of the day.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:49 AM
 
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Don't have a 'flyable' flag (I have a huge, antigue cotton one), but prayers and remembrance to all our protectors, and our veterans ~ ~

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Old 11-11-2008, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:57 AM
 
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Be sure to thank a veteran today, too, for his/her service.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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I give the military kids thumbs ups whenever I see them in town, at the mall, etc. There are quite a bit of veterans where I live. I always thank them for doing their part not only today but other days as well!
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Alvarado, TX
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Default Thank You For Your Service

To the mods: This is my own. Thanks!

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Thank You For Your Service - Kent Fletcher
November 11, 2008

Chosin. Marne. Khe Sanh. Tet. Ramadi. Anbar Province. Pearl Harbor. Belleau Wood. Bataan. Auschwitz. Nanking. Dresden. Nagasaki. Hiroshima. Leyte Gulf. Mekong Delta. Kirkuk. Baghdad. Countless places of the past, countless places of the present. Guantanamo. Hanoi. Grenada. All places where United States soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and women have been detailed for various reasons, from support to front-line defenders. Many did not return from a detail, whether the first detail or the last of many. Many more returned mangled, crippled, forever living within a shell where there is safety. Many went under protest, but went anyway. Some went with vengeance, to repay presumed debts long past. Many went, followed their orders, survived, and just kept going, never returning. Iwo Jima. Battle of the Bulge. Haditha.

Many more never left the States, or if they did leave the States, never saw front-line action, serving instead as supporters of whatever cause was on hand as clerks, radiomen, crypies, corpsmen, aircrews, refuellers, loaders, construction engineers, convoy drivers, instructors, mentors, chaplains.

As John Prine once penned in a song, all the places were "foreign to my body, foreign to my shore," and yet when the need was great, when the task at hand was seemingly insurmountable, the volunteers just kept on coming. The pride, for the most part, was too strong to deny.

Sometimes to write of this eventful day of remembrance is a task I hope not to suffer, yet, to not write of it, however simple or nondescript would be a shame on my part. Therefore.

To all you ladies and gentlemen who have gone before me, with me, or who follow me in service to the greatest country in the world, officers and enlisted, active duty and reserve, support personnel or front line defenders, I can only say Thank You For Your Service. Thank you for standing tall, for representing this country in those foreign countries, for sailing the open oceans with no horizons in sight for days on end, for flying through hostile skies, for continuing to support my country as a safer place to live, a place of peaceful refuge.

Thank You!
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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To all my fellow veterans on this board, to the men and women who have served and are now serving our country and to the millions who support our military, thanks and God Bless America.
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Don't forget to fly your US flag. If you can, half mast (or straight out 90 degree when attached to your house) until noon and then raised (45 degree) the rest of the day.
Sorry, my mistake, but flying the flag at half mast in the morning is on Memorial Day. Anyway, my hat's off to all veterans even though my flag is the only one flying in my neighborhood.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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