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Monday, November 12, 2007

Thank you

There is no way that I could have said this any better myself. In doing some research I ran across a writing from a Marine Corps Chaplin, Father Denis Edward O'Brian. This is so very touching.

So today to all the Veterans out there ... THANK YOU. To all our brave young military men and women who are currently defending our freedom ... THANK YOU.

After all, FREEDOM ISN'T FREE.

What Is a Veteran?

Marine Corps Chaplain, Father Denis Edward O'Brian

Veterans Day
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them, a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's alloy forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet?

A vet 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 fuel.

A vet 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.

A vet is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

A vet is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back at all.

A vet is the drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account punks and gang members into marines, airmen, sailors, soldiers and coast guardsmen, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

A vet is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

A vet is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

A vet 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 the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

A vet 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 come.

A vet is an ordinary and yet 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 theirs.

A vet is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more that 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."

Yes they are very special people because without our veterans we could not live with the freedoms that they have fought for.

When we see our brave men and women who are currently serving our country let's not forget to thank them too.
Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 3:47 PM


Comments on "Thank you"

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (11/12/2007 9:45 AM) : 

Well said! Thanks for posting that sis!

I said my 'thank-yous' to many vets yesterday as I was spending time with my hero.

 

Blogger Matt-Man said ... (11/12/2007 11:17 AM) : 

Very well done. Here's to you and Matt. Cheers!!

 

Blogger Julie said ... (11/12/2007 11:55 AM) : 

Very very good Dixie Darlin'.

 

Blogger Bond said ... (11/12/2007 2:15 PM) : 

excellent job Sugarbaby

 

Blogger Travis said ... (11/12/2007 7:27 PM) : 

Outstanding.

 

Blogger Turnbaby said ... (11/12/2007 10:19 PM) : 

wonderful post Sugarbaby. {hugs} Smooch

 

Blogger Crazy Working Mom said ... (11/13/2007 5:23 PM) : 

Very well said!

 

Blogger Desert Songbird said ... (11/20/2007 10:32 AM) : 

Gee whiz, I wish I could get through one of these posts without crying my eyes out.

 

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