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Vetrans Day

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Take a moment today to remember and thank those who have given us the freedoms we all enjoy.

"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
Scare heard among 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 the quarrel with the foe,
To you form 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 Flander's

John McCrae WW1
post #2 of 8
If only the University of Virginia cared enough to observe this holiday...
post #3 of 8
My thanks to to kids who are enduring the dust and the sand. The fear and the abandonment they feel every moment.
post #4 of 8
So many have served. So many have fought. So many have sacrificed. So many have died.

All of this to provide and maintain the freedom we enjoy today.

Thank you.
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The following was is a part of a letter written by
Christopher H. Smith,
Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Two years and two months after the heinous terrorist attacks on the United States, this Nation and its allies remain engaged in a global war against terrorism. On the front lines of that war are America's sons and daughters who have chosen to serve in our armed forces to keep our citizens safe and secure. When these brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines complete their duties and return home, we as a Nation must continue to provide them with the benefits, services and recognition they have earned.

Today, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, on the 85th anniversary of the end of World War I, we will once again pause to remember all those veterans who have served our Nation, both in times of peace and in times of war. Originally celebrated as Armistice Day until it was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, this is the day we remember the sacrifices made by of all America's veterans, especially those who gave their lives so this Nation could remain free.

Today will mark the fiftieth national Veterans Day holiday.
In his proclamation declaring the first Veterans Day in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower asked a grateful Nation to,
"pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of the Nation" and asked all Americans to, "reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."

Americans must never forget the sacrifices made by the millions of men and women who served our Nation, as well as those serving today in our armed forces. Let us recommit ourselves to ensure that in both words and in deeds, our Nation's veterans continue to receive the honor and respect they so richly deserve.
post #6 of 8
All gave some-some gave all

To my friends who never made it back
To my friends who came back a shell of what they once were
To those who came back but left a piece of themselves there
and to those who didn't go but did their job in support

God Bless us all!

Does everyone know how truely lucky we are that we still have young and old that are willing to sacrifice everything they know to serve, protect our values and most important, our freedom.

I do, and so should you all in your Prayers today [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]
post #7 of 8
Chris Smith of New Jersey .... his record ...

Pro veteran? Hardly!

When Congress passed legislation to extend the Viet Vets educational benefits (we only had ten years to use them), Chris voted for it. When the Senate version was sent over to congress, he voted against it. Viet vets neve got the educational opportunities that the WW II vets recieved, few people realize that. $200 per month total, as opposed to unlimited tuition, books and housing all the way through grad school at ANY school you qualified for (Yale etc.), for our WW II counterparts.

Chris can now stump in the Legion Post and brag how he supported "our boys" ..... ignoring the side where he voted against us.

When I was the #1 Vet on a Civil Service list for a government job and the job was given to one of the "in boys" .... they changed the name of the job to circumvent the law. I called the Congressmans office. Chris .... the "vets pal" responded "nothing I can do".
post #8 of 8
I think the topic in the beginning was to say
THANK YOU to all that served, and that are serving this

Thank You...SKI & GOLF for starting this topic!
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