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Veterans Day
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Alias    Posted 11-10-2004 at 17:04:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tomorrow is Veterans Day and I hope all who read this will Honor those heroic Veterans that saw action during wartime. My hat is off to those brave men and women that went into battle in order that we may be free. It's never enough to just say thanks. But know that I really do thank you all..........gfp


Farmall    Posted 11-10-2004 at 20:31:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Thank you. Dosent seem inportant anymore. When i came home I wanted to forget about it since everyone was against it, but people wouldnt let it go. Just wanted to rag me about it, even tho I was out. I remember dancing with a girl, and she could tell by my hair that I had been in the army. She askedhow many babies I had killed. Look at how many they kill nowadays with abortion. Anyway, I told her, I was in a howitzer battelion. dang, cant spell tonight, and I never killed any that I knew of. She didnt know what a howitzer was. I told her it was a big cannon, then said forget it, and walked off the floor and left. Pvt, Kan Natl Guard, 1967/68 activated, Sgt. Okla Natl Guard, 79/85/86/87


Peanut    Posted 11-10-2004 at 19:39:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't get the day off but I am proud of my six years in the USMC. Happy B-day Marine Corps !!!!

Oooh Rahh!

Semper Fi!

All the other branches of US military deserve the thanks and prayer of all of us. Each of you who have served ... thank you. Those of you serving .. be safe and God bless. Anyone considering to serve ... We old-timers thank you for our continued freedom and your personal sacrifice.

Somber but Happy V-Day to all.


Willy-N    Posted 11-10-2004 at 18:39:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have several to honor in my family (4 wars) and I get the day off tomorrow from work. This is a very important day to me! Mark H.


Gerrit    Posted 11-10-2004 at 17:18:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

Just today my brother in law sent me a picture of my great-grandfather who was an officer in the Dutch army around 1900..


Clod    Posted 11-10-2004 at 18:42:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many a soldier has been sent to do the job the citizen screamed for our military to do.They expect a clean victory in four months.Otherwise the public forgets just who sent the soldiers.


Dale    Posted 11-10-2004 at 20:13:29       [Reply]  [No Email]

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In Flanders Fields
By Colonel John McCrae

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.


PLEASE WEAR A POPPY
"Please wear a poppy," the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;
But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.
A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on care-free feet.
His smile was full of joy and fun,
"Lady," said he, "may I have one?"
When she'd pinned it on he turned to say,
"Why do we wear a poppy today?"

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, "This is Remembrance Day,
And the poppy there is the symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.
And because they did, you and I are free -
That's why we wear a poppy, you see."

"I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird he would race about.
As the years went by he learned and grew
and became a man - as you will, too."

"He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
But he'd seemed with us such a little while
When war broke out and he went away.
I still remember his face that day
When he smiled at me and said, Goodbye,
I'll be back soon, Mom, so please don't cry."

"But the war went on and he had to stay,
And all I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awful fight,
(I can see it still in my dreams at night),
With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire."

"Till at last, at last, the war was won -
And that's why we wear a poppy son."
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awful fight,
But your son - did he come back all right?"

A tear rolled down each faded check;
She shook her head, but didn't speak.
I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me you'd have done the same;
For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,
Thought our freedom was bought - and thousands paid!

And so when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne,
By those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their country's call
That we at home in peace might live.
Then wear a poppy! Remember - and give!

by Don Crawford

Poem by Joe Oldford

Soldiers in the trenches managed to keep their cool in one way or another. Joe Oldford wrote poetry rightin the midst of the battle.

I watched them making crosses,
In the little hut close by,
Tiny wooden crosses,
For the men who go to die.

They whistled as they shaped them,
Maybe to hide a sob;
Or to show that wooden crosses
Meant just another job.

But I wondered as I watched them,
If some day before it ends,
Those little wooden crosses
Might represent my friends.

I pray they don't, but if they do,
Then each and every one,
Will mark the eternal resting place
Of a brave, Canadian son.


Farmall    Posted 11-11-2004 at 18:02:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Dang Dale, I coulda gone a long time without reading that. Thanks--- I guess, between tears lol


Willy-N    Posted 11-11-2004 at 16:58:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks I knew about the Poppy but not the story behind them. Mark H.


Bob/Ont    Posted 11-11-2004 at 07:07:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you Dale. Did you get one of the Poppy Quarters? Tim Horton's hand them out in Change and the Royal Canadian Legion Has them too. I'll put a pic of one in the Gallery.
Later Bob


DD    Posted 11-10-2004 at 21:20:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank-You for sharing these Dale : )


Clod    Posted 11-12-2004 at 17:37:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
THANKS DALE,Ill save that one .


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