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Old November 11th, 2005, 09:18 AM
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Today is the day we honor all of those who have served in the Armed Forces. These are the men and women who gave up significant parts of thier lives to serve thier countries, sometimes giving up those lives entirely. They stood ready and continue to do so to be dispatched to the very corners of our planet to defend thier country. Sometimes they did not understand or even agree with the politics behind the wars they fought in but one thing was always clear -- a sense of duty borne from the love of the country in which they live.

To all veterans out there from this veteran -- Thank you and God bless you.

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I would like to say Amen to Doug's comments. I served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam War but was never stationed outside of the states so I was not required to " lay it on the line " as many were.
Our city is the host to the largest Veteran's Day celebration and parade in the country. Schools are closed, banks are closed and government offices are closed to allow people to enjoy the parade and festivities.
Thank you Vets for your service. I would also like to thank the spouses and parents of current members of the Armed Forces for their current service. May your loved ones be delivered home to you safely and securely.
To our allies who have stood with us during many conflicts I salute you to for your service.
Our way of life would not be what we currently enjoy without the sacrifice of so many.
God Bless !

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Old November 11th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Today I think of my dad, and my husband who served in Vietnam...., for my (step) daughter in the Navy, my daughter in the Air Force, a nephew in the Marines and most of all today, for my son in the Army, who will leave for Iraq on Monday to serve our country. My heart is breaking to think of that day.

Thank you Veterans of all Wars for giving us the freedom that is not free but paid with a price.


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It is the soldier,
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who has given us Freedom of Speech.

It is the soldier,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.

It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
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Old November 11th, 2005, 09:57 AM
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Thanks to all of you who posted, and to all of you who served. It was truly, my pleasure, to have served this great country.
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Thank you Doug for starting this, but I would like to extend it to all the families who supported those vets. Without them, it would have been twice as hard.

Thank you vets!!!!!
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Old November 11th, 2005, 10:45 AM
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We add our thanks and blessings to all the service people. I feel sad because we are the only people who are flying a flag in our neighborhood. I think it is the least anyone could do to honor our men and women who have kept and continue keeping us safe and free.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 10:49 AM
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Thank You Doug for getting this thread going. Thank You and ALL the vets out there for what you have done and what you are doing.

To all the future Vets who are still on the lines. THANK YOU too for what you are doing NOW. God Bless each and everyone of you.
I too remeber my Dad and all his brothers(6) who put it on the line.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 11:03 AM
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Thanks to all Veterans who served in all of the conflicts we Americans have witnessed. As an US Air Force Veteran who has served for 24 years during and including World War II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam I can relate. And do not forget the wives and families who also served. They are and were part of our lives. We thank them also.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 11:12 AM
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All I can say is

THANKS VERY MUCH
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Yes Doug, thank you for starting this thread. I, too, would like to thank all who served, remembering my dads and FIL. I want to thank my DH, who has worked at the Veteran Medical Center, Long Beach for over 30 years, taking care of the veterans and is working today! I want to thank my nephew in the Coast Guard and my 3 sons in the USMC. Last year at this time, all 3 were overseas, 2 in Iraq and 1 in Okinawa, now they are home. Tonight, 2 of them will be going to their Marine Corp Ball on the Queen Mary. We are SOOOO proud of them as you can only imagine.

To Carole and Johnny, my prayers are with you as your son leaves for Iraq. As a mother who experienced this last year, I know exactily how you're feeling. All you can do is pray and be supportive. We were fortunate enough to keep in touch with them thru email and instant messages weekly and sometimes daily, albiet 2 or 3 AM! I'm just getting back in the routine to sleep thru the night. Again, my prayers are with you, your son and family. Semper Fi! and God Bless.

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To all my fellow veterans out there who answered the call of freedom -- Thank you and God bless you.

Carole and Johnny: My prayer's are for your family and for your son's safe and quick return home. As a veteran of the sandbox, my wife knows what you are feeling and now we found out that my oldest son will be on his way to Iraq (the Sunni Triangle). I pray that God will keep all of military safe and out of "Harm's Way"


“A SOLDIER

I was that which others did not want to be.
vent where others feared to go and did what others feared to tIc
I asked nothing from those that gave nothing and reluctantly
I accepted the thought of eternal loneliness...should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror, felt the stinging cold of fear,
and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
I have cried, pained and hoped...But most of all
I have lived times others say were best forgotten
ast someday twill be able to say that I was proud of what I wa1
...A SOLDIER!!
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Should fate fine you on the battlefield,
May your cause be a just one.
May your courage not falter.
May you show mercy to your enemies.
May your efforts bring the blessings of peace.
May you be triumphant and earn victory.
May your sacrifice be always appreciated.
May you endure the conflict unharmed.
Should you be harmed,
May your wounds heal.
Should you perish in the struggle,
May God en brace you and find a
Place for you in his Kingdom.
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God Bless all of our past, present and future veterans.

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thank you to all who have, are, and will serve. You make our country a wonderful place to live. And, thank you to all of the families of our servicemen and women.

Our school just put on a wonderful Veteran's Day presentation. I hope the kids got a better understanding out of it.
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I grew up in the 70's and 80's and feel a sense of profound appreciation for our veterans. I only hope that my children can appreciate what freedoms they enjoy and who is to thank, and that the lesson learned at so high a price helps them to avoid wars in the future.

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Serving this great nation has and will always be something I am very proud of. There were many good times and many bad times but all were memorable and shaped me into the person I am today. Tide, it matters not if you were on the front line or back in the world, you put it out there and knew you could be sent at any time. The only ones that irritated me were those Officers who flew in and stayed the night simply so they could put in for the in-country medal. <G> Anyway, it was an honor to serve those 7 years in the US Navy.
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I also want to add my thanks to all the veterans out there and all those currently serving our country. God Bless you all.

Thanks for posting the prayer and soldier tribute, John. Those words say it all.

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Bless them all. Without their sacrifices we would not be here discussing cruising. Special thoughts today, as always, for my brother Donald and 18 other members of USMA Class of 1968 who gave the ultimate sacrifice. For my good friend, Major Dave Bishop (USMA class of 1967), who died in a National Guard training mission in Georgia. To all the cruisemates and families who serve or have served. Thank you all for your selfless sacrifices. May you all be blessed.
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I am pleased and proud to add my thanks and appreciation to all the men and women who have served, or are now serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces. And we must never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice, or those who are now recuperating in military hospitals around the world. You have our unending gratitude

As for those of you who have sons or daughters serving on this day, I offer my thanks and hopes that they remain out of harm's way. Finally, for you CMs whose loved ones are presently in Iraq or Afghanistan, or are headed there soon, you have my appreciation and prayers for their safe return.

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I too express my deepest thanks to each and every one of you that have worn the uniform of our country and every country that have upheld our constitution and kept all of us free. without your sacrifice and commitment we would not have the freedoms we now have and take for granted.

Thank you.

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Thought I would post a tribute to all the Canadian soldiers who served our country, with this famous poem taught to every Canadian school child on Rememberance Day:

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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.


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In loving memory of my father (I was 4months old when he left & 4 years old when he returned) & my uncles who served in WWII. And in honor of my DH who seved during Viet Nam & to all the brave men & women in every branch of the sevices.....'THANK YOU'
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Please add my thanks to the list. I appreciate all the freedoms I enjoy, and I know that it is because of all who sacrificed their service to our country . I appreciate all that you have done and given.
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