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Happy Veteran's Day

To all those who are serving or have served: thank you.

There are not words to adequately thank those who stood up and answered the call to serve their country. There are not words to adequately describe the gratitude and humility I -- and most Americans -- feel.

From the veterans who fought to liberate Europe in World War II, those who fought in Vietnam and Korea, and to those who are fighting to bring freedom to the Middle East -- we are forever in your debt. Each and every person serving in our military is a hero, and they deserve our thanks and our support.

This has been posted on a few different blogs now (I was surprised to see it on DailyKos, as they only had one diary thanking veterans), and I thought it was a touching tribute.


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.


Also, a video tribute from Montgomery Gentry.

So today, make a point of showing your thanks. If you know a veteran, say thank you. You could make a donation to the Project Valour-IT program at Soldiers Angels (I recommend joining the Army team, personally) to show your support for injured veterans of the War on Terror. If there's a memorial to veterans in your community, visit it and pay your respects. However you choose to do it, in your own personal way, make sure to say thank you.


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Comments (6)

Thanks, Cassy. Might I add... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

Thanks, Cassy. Might I add that we need to hear the war stories of war veterans before they pass away. Before my maternal grandfather died, he told me about his Army service during WWII. Although he was not assigned to combat duty, he ended up in combat when the plane that he was in was forced to land in North Africa. My grandfather fed ammunition to a machine gun that was operated by one of his buddies. They shot at the German planes that forced them to land.

I am a vet (USN 81-86). A f... (Below threshold)
jdgjtr:

I am a vet (USN 81-86). A few years ago someone thanked me for my service and it felt strange. It was (and is) who I am, it was what I was supposed to do. I require no thanks; it was my honor to serve. Thank you for the trust you gave a 19 year old kid, to keep this country safe and to defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

My father who passed away i... (Below threshold)

My father who passed away in late July was one of the forgotten generation of young American soldiers who served in Korea in 1950 at the height of that war. When my ailing mother, who died only two weeks ago herself, received the folded flag for my father on behalf of the U.S. military appreciation of his wartime service at graveside, it was indeed a very sad affair.

Any time you receive one of those folded military flags it's always very sad. Another soldier has passed away. At least my father didn't die on Pork Chop Hill or somewhere else in Korea, and lived many years with my mother, married just under 58 years. God bless you good soldier.

WHILE WE HAD A VETERANS DAY... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

WHILE WE HAD A VETERANS DAY PARADE LAST SATURDAY AND MAYBE CELEBRATED TODAY THE WUSSIETARDS IN SAN FRANCISCO WOULD RATHER CELEBRATE THEIR STUPID GAY PRIDE DAYS AND REPLACE RED WHITE AND BLUE WITH SISSY PINK
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love you... (Below threshold)
Lanetra jones.:

love you

Sorry. Google is not honori... (Below threshold)
DL From Heidelberg:

Sorry. Google is not honoring Veterans Day. By using WW I head gear Google is honoring Armistice Day, which is what Veterans Day was originally. 11 Nov was the end of WW I and by using a military symbol such as the WW I style helmets Google is trying to have its cake and eat it too. It is honoring the veterans of a specific war, not the veterans of the current ones.




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