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Thank you to all those who have faithfully served their country;



For your service, we all have a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid; the selfless acts, the time away from your family, the sacrifice's of personal time, abilities, the burdens of injury in the field, putting your lives on hold and on the line while simply fulfiling your duty--for this I thank each one of you;



Know that I savor my freedoms, and in doing so, I make sure my 6 and 3 year old understand, appreciate, and know what it is and what it means to be free.
 

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This isn't off topic no mattter what thread it's in. We owe them our lives and our freedom.



Also, as sad as it may be to say it, we wouldn't have half the technology we had today if it weren't for the sheer genius of the engineers from all countries that in some way contributed to the design of the armament, rifles, planes, tanks, jeeps, radios, motorcycles etc.



I'm in Oklahoma where much of the Indian population (that incidentally isn't that thrilled with being called "Native Americans") think it's a duty to pull at least one term in the armed forces. I'm obviously around quite a few (and have a tiny amount of Kiowa in me as well) and I'm often asked why I didn't serve actively. To this I can only answer:



1) I came "of age" right after the Vietanam stuff and was college bound on scholarships.



2) I later regularly assisted in the maintenance of an important part of the Rocky Flats Plutonium plant as part of my job in the outside world at the time.



3) I again was involved in a part of the program that developed the guidance sensors for the "smart bombs" you heard so much about during the first Gulf skirmish.



We were all in this together, especially during WW-II. If you get a chance to catch the series they've been playing on the History channel titled "The War in HD" it's well worth watching. Absolutely outstanding color footage, perfectly narrated, accurate and not like any other run of the mill documentary, it's outstanding work.
 

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Hope this day finds all vets, those currently serving, and their families well. While its not stated enough throughout the rest of the year .... THANK YOU ALL!.
 

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i have already thanked few active and retired service members (one is a very good friend of mine who is dieing from cancer at the age of 30)i have a lot of freinds in the military so i will be thanking a few today
 

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To shipmates, still on patrol.











It may be "veteran's day", but I think of it like Memorial Day, or Remembrance Day for the rest of the world.
 

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Tho I am not a Veteran, I went to the US Consulate while running round in town today and Thanked the VETS there.



BLESS THEM ALL!!!!!! I SALUTE YOU!!!!!



Mark in Thailand
 

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Tho I am not a Veteran, I went to the US Consulate while running round in town today and Thanked the VETS there.



BLESS THEM ALL!!!!!! I SALUTE YOU!!!!!



Mark in Thailand




Salutes to you, Sir! The boys on duty over there, certainly didn't expect anyone to remember them. You made their day, I'm sure.
 

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I was on the golf course this morning and at 11 a horn sounded. Play was suspended. As we stood silent I thought of my father who served in WW2 and of my great uncle Jack who lost his life in WW1. I enjoyed the beauty of my surroundings and knew to whom I owed that moment.
 

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I was Navy (a lot of years ago). If I am walking down the street and see a military person I have to stop them and shake their hand and thank them for serving. Every military person deserves thanks for putting their life on the line but I think the Navy Seals deserve a special thanks. They are the best and believe "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war."

BillRod

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I served in the U.S.M.C. from '79 to '83. 1st Bn 4th Marines Recon. They took the hostages in Iran while I was in boot camp and we all know how that turned out. I served in the cold war but take no credit for winning other than being there and being ready.



That being said...in church today there was an old Veteran that served under Patton in WWII that was asked to get up and tell his story. Pretty colorful old that told a story of being in combat and his brother was killed within 10 miles of him and he didn't know for months. Told of a 2nd Lt. giving their position (in Germany) away and they waited for the shells to start falling while waiting in a trench that was dug in WW I. When the shells hit two of his best friends died within a few feet from him, one of them landing in his arms.



He told us he had his Bible with him every minute of the way. He's thankful for being here alive to tell the story.



I cannot describe the respect I have for these old fighters.



Thank you for your service my fellow Brothers in Arms.



J.J.
 

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Amen to it all.



Thank you vets with us and without.



Massive respect.



I especially think of my wife's late Grandpa...airplane mechanic in WWII. Trying to keep the pilots in the air while being bombed...receive a purple heart. Just one of literally countless stories of loss, victory, tragedy. Stuff I can't and hopefully never have to understand, but I've got a huge burden on my heart for all of you that have to carry so much more.



So, thank you.
 
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