Post by harpskiddie on May 28, 2007 11:53:44 GMT -5
On this day of recognizing the sacrifice of American men and boys who gave their lives or their wholeness in the service of their country, or of the world, let us each pause at least once during it to give a thought to them and their families - even if only for a fleeting moment.
Sometimes, between the flag waving, the parades, the fireworks and the concerts, not to mention Larry King, we might forget what this day is all about. Let's try very hard to not do that.
Gordie, been there, done that, God save the children..................................
Post by harpskiddie on May 28, 2007 14:24:08 GMT -5
I trained Marines, and worked for the U.S. Department of the Navy. My son is active duty in the U.S. Army, currently stationed at Fort Carson, CO. There are more than a few Canadian names on the Vietnam Memorial.
Our Remembrance Day is 11 November, but I tend to remember more often than once or twice a year. My granduncle wqas killed by machinegun fire in WWI, and I am old enough to remember men from our block who didn't make it back from WWII. It's one of the reasons I joined this board, since it seemed there were others here who also honored soldiers, living and dead and of whatever race, albeit perhaps silently.
CSS is a guy whose heart is in the right place, if you can scrape away the verbiage and insults, but................
Gordie, a life in diminished chords is still a life worth living...................................................
Post by Mike Powell on May 29, 2007 20:46:01 GMT -5
After the Twin Towers went, I began stopping service members when I see them at airports, diners, church, wherever. "Thank you for for what you're doing to keep my family and me safe", I say and I think they appreciate hearing it. For a long time I'd forgotten what Orwell said - - We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. I'll not forget again.
I only have documented 6,708 regular Army soldiers who died on the Western frontier. At least now, when I go to the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery and see the graves from Western posts which are marked "Unknown," I can honor by name those men who served and died for Western expansion.
Note: I guestimate that there are about one hundred and fifty duplications in the aforementioned casualties. I will be cleaning those out as I get to them.
Yeah, the brain-power could be used for better purposes but, since the radical Muslims, President Bush nor the Iranians listen to me, well, I do what I can.