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Baconeater
05-25-2009, 11:25 AM
To all that have served, are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country, I thank you!

http://www.happyjuly4th.com/images/patriotic-soldiers-salute%20-american-flag.jpg

ChiTown
05-25-2009, 11:30 AM
I agree with your sentiments!

RIP Dad, and thanks for your service in WWII

Halfcan
05-25-2009, 11:33 AM
Best wishes to all the families of the service men and women.

Dr. Facebook Fever
05-25-2009, 11:53 AM
I echo the sentiments but can someone tell me why we always observe Memorial Day on a day that isn't? Memorial Day is next week on the calendar.

Guru
05-25-2009, 11:58 AM
I echo the sentiments but can someone tell me why we always observe Memorial Day on a day that isn't? Memorial Day is next week on the calendar.Because they wanted it to always fall on a Monday I guess. I wish all holidays fell on Monday or friday.

seclark
05-25-2009, 12:07 PM
I agree with your sentiments!

RIP Dad, and thanks for your service in WWII

grandfathers, father, brother and son.

thank you all, and your familes.
sec

StcChief
05-25-2009, 12:27 PM
My extreme gratitude for the past and present service men/women and coast guard personnel will never change. Most don't realize freedom isn't free.

Dr. Facebook Fever
05-25-2009, 12:27 PM
Because they wanted it to always fall on a Monday I guess. I wish all holidays fell on Monday or friday.

Thank you I never knew.

Dylan
05-25-2009, 01:01 PM
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Dylan
05-25-2009, 01:14 PM
http://www.blackfive.net/photos/uncategorized/060428_memorial_3.jpg

They didn't run...
They didn't protest...
They died proud
for the country they loved.

crazycoffey
05-25-2009, 02:10 PM
Rules for the Non-Military







*Dear Civilians,
'We know that the current state of affairs in our great nation has many
civilians up in arms and excited to join the military.
For those of you who can't join, you can still lend a hand.
Here are a few of the areas where we would like your assistance:*




1. The next time you see any adults talking (or wearing a hat) during the
playing of the National Anthem - kick their ass.




2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the American Flag in
protest - kick their ass




3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the highest
amount of respect to all veterans. If you see anyone doing otherwise,
quietly pull them aside and explain how these veterans fought for the
very freedom they bask in every second. Enlighten them on the many
sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great. Then hold
them down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass.




4. (GUYS) If you were never in the military, DO NOT pretend that you were.
Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle Fatigues, telling others
that you used to be 'Special Forces, Collecting GI Joe memorabilia, might
have been okay when you were seven years old Now, it will only make you
look stupid and get your ass kicked.




5. Next time you come across an *Air Force* member, do not ask them, 'Do
you fly a jet?' Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot. Such ignorance
deserves an ass-kicking (children are exempt).




6. If you witness someone calling the *US Coast Guard* 'non-military',
Inform them of their mistake - and kick their ass.




7.. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a parade, get on
your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over your
heart. Quietly thank the military member or veteran lucky enough to be
carrying her - of course, failure to do either of those could earn you
a severe ass-kicking.




8. Don't try to discuss politics with a military member or a veteran. We
are Americans, and we all bleed the same, regardless of our party
affiliation. Our Chain of Command is to include our Commander-In-
Chief(CinC). The President (for those who didn't know) is our CinC
Regardless of political party. We have no inside track on what happens
inside those big important buildings where all those representatives
meet All we know is that when those civilian representatives screw up
the situation, they call upon the military to go straighten it out. If
you keep asking us the same stupid questions repeatedly, you will get
your ass kicked.




9. 'Your mama wears combat boots' never made sense to me - stop saying It!
If she did, she would most likely be a vet and therefore could kick your ass!




10. Bin Laden and the Taliban are not Communists, so stop saying 'Let's go kill those Commies!' And stop asking us where he is! Crystal balls are
not standard issue in the military That reminds me- if you see anyone
calling those damn psychic phone numbers, let me know, so I can go kick their ass!




11. 'Flyboy' (*Air Force*), 'Jarhead' (*Marines),* 'Grunt' (*Army*),
'Squid' (*Navy*), 'Puddle Jumpers' (*Coast Guard*), etc., are terms of
endearment we use describing each other. Unless you are a service
member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them. Using them
could get your ass kicked.




12. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the military, support our troops and their families. Every Thanksgiving and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please remember that there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen
far from home wishing; they could be with their families.. Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make every day. Without them, our
country would get it's ass kicked..'




*'It's the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of
the press.'




*'It's the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.'



'It's the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.'



'It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to
burn the flag.

Rain Man
05-25-2009, 02:15 PM
In honor of our nation's veterans, I bought some half-price t-shirts at the Nautica Store at the mall this weekend. Memorial Day sales always make me think.

crazycoffey
05-25-2009, 02:22 PM
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mlyonsd
05-25-2009, 02:30 PM
In honor of our nation's veterans, I bought some half-price t-shirts at the Nautica Store at the mall this weekend. Memorial Day sales always make me think.

I'd get inside the next time you were in a lightning storm if I were you. ;)

Jenson71
05-25-2009, 02:31 PM
Thanks to all the vets, living and dead.

The Jenson family and my other side has quite a few. We have at least one Civil War veteran that I know of, the other side has a WWI veteran (my great grandpa), both my grandfathers served in World War II one in the Bulge and elsewhere in France/Belgium, the other stationed in the Phillipines. One of my grandmothers was a typist or messenger something in WWII. I have an uncle who was in Air Force, an aunt still in the Air Force. My dad was in the Navy in the 1970s, and now my brother is going into the Air Force. Which pretty much makes me the slacker of the family.

Er, I guess this isn't Veterans day. But still.

Rain Man
05-25-2009, 02:37 PM
I'd get inside the next time you were in a lightning storm if I were you. ;)

Good point. Wouldn't want to get my new t-shirts wet.

Gracie Dean
05-25-2009, 02:38 PM
mY DAD served in the Army during the Korean conflict. He was drafted and ended up at West Point he didn't have to go oversease because my mom had a pre-mature baby that almost died. This was in 1952 and I am guessing it was pretty extreme for that time. Dad ended up teaching at West Point.

My mom lost 3 brothers to WWII. One died on the Beaches of Normandy, one died fighting Japanese and one died on the Autobon during the occupation after WWII.

My brother (the same one that was premie) served in the Army during Vietnam, but he went to Germany.

Currently have a BIL stationed in Washington State getting ready to deploy in August.

Buehler445
05-25-2009, 03:15 PM
God Bless America.
Posted via Mobile Device

Rain Man
05-25-2009, 08:45 PM
My mom lost 3 brothers to WWII. One died on the Beaches of Normandy, one died fighting Japanese and one died on the Autobon during the occupation after WWII.


Wow. That has to be pretty unusual.

Gracie Dean
05-25-2009, 09:17 PM
Wow. That has to be pretty unusual.

I have a letter my grandmother and a lawyer wrote to a congressman pleading to keep her 4th son stateside. It must have worked as he is the only uncle I have from my mom's side.

Gracie Dean
05-25-2009, 09:19 PM
we have the telegrams that my grandmother received informing her that her sons had been killed. My mom says that grandma kind of went nuts after the last one.

I can't imagine the heartbreak that would encompass. I have the banner that hung in her window with the four stars.

Iowanian
05-25-2009, 09:20 PM
I get it, this year more than most...and thought I got it before.

I'm in the process of burying my grandpa, a WWII vet and medic from France to the occupation of Germany. My brother, is home on a short pass for that event, en route to his re-call tour to Iraq.

Thanks to those who have and do serve.

Coach
05-25-2009, 09:24 PM
And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men and women who died,
who gave that right to me.

And when I was at Wal-Mart today, I saw a gentleman who was wearing a WWII Vet hat. I walked up to him, looked at him, and simply said, "Thank you for your service." I like to think that I would made his day better.

Demonpenz
05-25-2009, 10:11 PM
The conversation came up this weekend about my grandpa from my mom's side he was from the Ukrane and was in a concentration camp. The story goes since he was taken alive he would be killed by his own country and or killed by the germans, he made it over to america. My other grandpa was in the us navy. They never talked about WII, and the one from the Ukraine died when I was like 9, would have made for an interesting talk if they ever talked about it.

"Bob" Dobbs
05-25-2009, 10:23 PM
mY DAD served in the Army during the Korean conflict. He was drafted and ended up at West Point he didn't have to go oversease because my mom had a pre-mature baby that almost died. This was in 1952 and I am guessing it was pretty extreme for that time. Dad ended up teaching at West Point.

My mom lost 3 brothers to WWII. One died on the Beaches of Normandy, one died fighting Japanese and one died on the Autobon during the occupation after WWII.

My brother (the same one that was premie) served in the Army during Vietnam, but he went to Germany.

Currently have a BIL stationed in Washington State getting ready to deploy in August.What did your dad teach? I was staff & faculty as well at USMA. (I'm SURE much later than your dad, though. lol)