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O/T Maybe We Should Remember The Price Paid

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by bigdogtx, Sep 10, 2007.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    With all this bickering going on regarding the Petraeus report, perhaps congress should, as well as we, remember the sacrifice(s) made for US(A)!!


    A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

    That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

    - Author Unknown

    It is very sad to me that so MANY have FORGOTTEN (or are not being told) what it truly means to be an AMERICAN and the pride in our country we used to have.

    God bless the USA!!
  2. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Amen, Bigdog, amen!

    Hauxfan! RA17461***! And Damned proud of it!
  3. shutnlar

    shutnlar TS Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    Complete agreement here!
  4. pendennis

    pendennis Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Southeast Michigan - O/S Detroit
    Well written, bigdogtx!

  5. JohnBT

    JohnBT TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch has been printing this for years on Veterans Day. JT

    What is a veteran?

    Some veterans bear visible signs of their service -- a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others carry the evidence inside them -- a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg. Or perhaps another sort of steel -- the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

    Except in parades, however, the men and women who kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't always recognize a veteran by looking.

    What is a veteran?

    He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

    He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scale by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

    She (or he) is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

    He is the POW who went away one person and came back another, or maybe didn't come back at all.

    He is the Parris Island drill instructor who has never seen combat, but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

    He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

    He is the career quartermaster who watched the ribbons and medals pass him by.

    He is one of the anonymous heroes in the Tomb of the Unknowns, whose presence at Arlington National Cemetery forever preserves the memory of all anonymous heroes whose valor died unrecognized on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

    He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, palsied and aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp, and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

    He (or she) is an ordinary, yet an extraordinary, human being -- a person who sacrificed his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

    He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

    So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say "Thank you." That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they were awarded, or could have been awarded.

    Two little words that mean a lot, "Thank you."

    Remember that Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.

    (Author unknown.)
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