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  • timberlandko timberlandko Nov 10, 2002 8:36 PM Flag

    OT: Veteran's Day, November 11


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

    He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown
    frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales 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 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 watches the ribbons and medals pass him

    He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence
    at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all
    anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield
    or in the ocean's sunless deep.

    He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket -- palsied now 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

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

    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 could have been awarded or were awarded.

    Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU."

    It's the soldier, not the reporter, Who gave us our freedom of the press.

    It's the soldier, not the poet, Who gave us our freedom of speech.

    It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who gave us our freedom to

    It's the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves others with respect for
    the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester
    to burn the flag.

    Prayer for our Servicemen:
    Lord, hold our troops in Your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
    Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in
    our time of need. Amen

    Of all the gifts you could give a U. S. serviceman, prayer is the very best

    Please remember the Veterans that you know tomorrow.

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