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    Memorial Day

    Thank you to all the veterans that have served for my freedom. Thank you to anyone that has lost a family member serving for this country. I can not express my gratitude to you!
    David

    The only person available to protect you 24 hours a day is you.

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    +1 for me too Dr David. Thank you for reminding us.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Thank you from here also to all the veterans and lost family members. are prayers are with you.
    "Victory at all cost Victory in spite of all terror. Victory no matter how long and how hard the road may be; for without Victory there is no survival."
    (Winston Churchill)

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    +1 for me. thank you for defending our freedom!
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    On behalf of the Vetetans

    Thank you all for your warmest wishes and thoughts.

    Some of us have lost friends.

    Some of us have lost our families.

    Some of us have lost legs and arms.

    Some of us have lost our lives.

    All of us have gained freedom.

    Freedom IS NOT Free!
    FESTUS
    IN OMNIA PARATUS

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    Thank you for your post Festus, bless you all for your service! Took the family down to the cemetery this morning for the American Legion Memorial Day salute. Always touching. As you celebrate the day with friends or family, take some time to remember those who have sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy.

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    Memorial Day.

    I was invited to go to a BBQ today, steak 'n corn, hurray!
    "Wear something Army!" my friends all said.
    I called them early, 10am, and told them I could not come.
    Used some lame excuse when I didn't have one.
    I am nothing but a Hep-C sick 51 y/o old Vet, I trashed my uniforms
    in 1997, like the bug I didn't know I carried was busy trashing my liver.
    For 20 years had to wear them most days, no loss,
    and one BDU shirt is all I kept. In a dark closet it still hangs.
    Burnt all the rest in a 55-gallon steel barrel 1 week out
    to lighten my physical and emotional load, I regret that now.
    I'm no hero, I don't boast about deeds or that many
    did much better than me, or tried. My civilian M8's could
    not relate when I break into acronyms still so natural
    to me but PCS or DD214's are long explanations for
    folks who have never used them, THANK GOD!
    I seek out Vets who know me as well as I know them,
    not by years of friendship, or kin, just because we share
    a common bond, and they know the acronyms
    as normal talk too, so at home I stayed. I won't be
    put on a pedestal I am not worthy to step up onto.
    Some call me a hermit, what I've seen and done
    all over the world are stories probably best left untold.
    Few would believe even 1/2 of the ones anyway, I sometimes don't!
    But the plaques on my study wall don't lie, reminding me of
    actions & times others wrote about me in their words, not mine.
    My God I should be dead! Guess Lady Luck was watching my 6.
    I searched the net for the right words to say to my
    M8's who I let down today, found them and they
    follow below. Don't worry Luke: royalty free stuff :-)
    Thanks for the kinds words of all here, but today I think
    it's best I duck the praise and just get on with living
    out the rest of my days. It's Memorial Day 365 a year for
    me when at night my dead troops 'come back' to visit
    my tormented dreams. A siren 'puts me back' inside a 911 rig Code-3.
    I can't even hear Taps played anymore, I sob like a kid and shiver inside.
    Or a Huey with a red cross on the side flies by, low & swift, [once 'my office' in the sky]
    Fairchild AFB bound and my arms shoot up, a fool, but like a trained dog
    that symbol always meant: 'Land here!' for the dustoffs
    so many I guided in over so many years to L-Z's hot or helipads cold.
    In shame I drop them to my side, reality hits, and I just feel
    stupid for doing something my brain did not tell
    my arms to do, instinctive training just busted on through.

    Canis-Lupus
    SFC, 91B40, U.S. Army (Ret)


    Memorial Day
    by Michelle R. Christman

    As we stand here looking
    At the flags upon these graves
    Know these flags represent
    A few of the true American brave

    They fought for their Country
    As man has through all of time
    Except that these soldiers lying here
    Fought for your country and mine

    As we all are gathered here
    To pay them our respect
    Let's pass this word to others
    It's what they would expect

    I'm sure that they would do it
    If it were me or you
    To show we did not die in vein
    But for the red, white and blue.

    Let's pass on to our children
    And to those who never knew
    What these soldiers died for
    It's the least we can do

    Let's not forget their families
    Great pain they had to bear
    Losing a son, father or husband
    They need to know we still care

    No matter which war was fought
    On the day that they died
    I stand here looking at these flags
    Filled with American pride.

    So as the bugler plays out Taps
    With its sweet and eerie sound
    Pray for these soldiers lying here
    In this sacred, hallowed ground.

    Take home with you a sense of pride
    You were here Memorial Day.
    Celebrating the way Americans should
    On this solemnest of days.
    Last edited by Canis-Lupus; 05-26-2008 at 09:17 PM. Reason: Spelling.

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    Thank You

    [QUOTE=Canis-Lupus;25740]I was invited to go to a BBQ today, steak 'n corn, hurray!
    "Wear something Army!" my friends all said.
    I called them early, 10am, and told them I could not come.
    Used some lame excuse when I didn't have one.
    I am nothing but a Hep-C sick 51 y/o old Vet, I trashed my uniforms
    in 1997, like the bug I didn't know I carried was busy trashing my liver.
    For 20 years had to wear them most days, no loss,
    and one BDU shirt is all I kept. In a dark closet it still hangs.
    Burnt all the rest in a 55-gallon steel barrel 1 week out
    to lighten my physical and emotional load, I regret that now.
    I'm no hero, I don't boast about deeds or that many
    did much better than me, or tried. My civilian M8's could
    not relate when I break into acronyms still so natural
    to me but PCS or DD214's are long explanations for
    folks who have never used them, THANK GOD!
    I seek out Vets who know me as well as I know them,
    not by years of friendship, or kin, just because we share
    a common bond, and they know the acronyms
    as normal talk too, so at home I stayed. I won't be
    put on a pedestal I am not worthy to step up onto.
    Some call me a hermit, what I've seen and done
    all over the world are stories probably best left untold.
    Few would believe even 1/2 of the ones anyway, I sometimes don't!
    But the plaques on my study wall don't lie, reminding me of
    actions & times others wrote about me in their words, not mine.
    My God I should be dead! Guess Lady Luck was watching my 6.
    I searched the net for the right words to say to my
    M8's who I let down today, found them and they
    follow below. Don't worry Luke: royalty free stuff :-)
    Thanks for the kinds words of all here, but today I think
    it's best I duck the praise and just get on with living
    out the rest of my days. It's Memorial Day 365 a year for
    me when at night my dead troops 'come back' to visit
    my tormented dreams. A siren 'puts me back' inside a 911 rig Code-3.
    I can't even hear Taps played anymore, I sob like a kid and shiver inside.
    Or a Huey with a red cross on the side flies by, low & swift, [once 'my office' in the sky]
    Fairchild AFB bound and my arms shoot up, a fool, but like a trained dog
    that symbol always meant: 'Land here!' for the dustoffs
    so many I guided in over so many years to L-Z's hot or helipads cold.
    In shame I drop them to my side, reality hits, and I just feel
    stupid for doing something my brain did not tell
    my arms to do, instinctive training just busted on through.

    Canis-Lupus
    SFC, 91B40, U.S. Army (Ret)

    Canis Lupus, you did not have to wear those uniforms for 20 years. You could have have opted out many times and flown in choppers marked Flight for Life or Mercy Air for higher wages and far more safety. Do not be embarassed or ashamed of showing now the pent-up emotions that you could not show at the time. Most all of us have something that brings tears to our eyes.

    We may not understand the acronyms, but most of us understand the patriotism you have shown. But not being a vet should not deny me the privilege of shaking your hand and saying "Thank You" in person. I do not think of that as putting you on a pedestal.

    Perhaps on Veterans Day....
    Last edited by gordo; 05-27-2008 at 04:00 AM.
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    Canis:

    Thanks, Bud. No need to feel foolish for your instinctive reactions...we all have 'em to one degree or another. I still look up when I hear rotors and I wasn't even there! After 16 +/- years of service . . . 4 years Active (USASA SOG, Berlin - [33B]) in the latter '60's, then 6 years of National Guard (11B30) and another 6 in the Reserves (11B4X), the only regrets I have are not getting one of my several 1049's accepted (tried to get to Nam, but I couldn't get out of Berlin), and not going SF or Rangers when I had the youth and stamina. I also came THIS CLOSE the going to Rotary Wing pilot school, but I bagged it at the last minute. Big mistake. That was late in '68.

    I lose it, too, when I experience some things. No shame in that. Think of it as a small price to pay for being in Love with your Country. We could more of that in America.

    Anyway, Thanks. I wish I could have been there to help. I guess that's 3 regrets. Maybe in my next life.

    Hope you all had a Happy Memorial Day, My Brothers and Sisters.

    (P.S.: I kept ALLA my stuff!)
    Last edited by Ektarr; 05-27-2008 at 08:51 PM. Reason: P.S.
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  11. Canis,

    I hear you bud. I know that Memorial Day is a lot harder for me these days. I get a little too choked up but it is because I know some friends who have given their last full measure of devotion for this country. I try to go to events but I am struggling with things as well. This year I went to support my son in his new hobby he does Civil War re-enactments and I was there for him and of course they had a ceremony on Memorial Day it was nice a little over the top though. I have been trying to spend time reflecting on things rather thatn shutting the old feelings off with booze. I know it has benefitted me to be around vets on this day it feels like being around extended family.

    Well this is old news now but I hope you had a good Memorial Day.
    ["Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
    - Ben Franklin
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