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Happy Veterans Day 2013

gringodave

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As I consider posting the ubiquitous "Happy Veterans Day" post this morning - my first thought was that it is kind of self serving. Self serving because I am a veteran having served nearly 27 years in the Air Force, active duty, air national guard and reserves, and then I remember all of those wonderful airmen that I served with. People like me who put 'normal' life on hold to serve his or her country. I also remember the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines that I served with and the millions that I never knew. I think of those serving now - many in harms way - and the families that modify their lives so their loved ones can fulfill their commitment to our country.

With that in mind, I say Happy Veterans Day to all!!!

My thoughts wonder to the image of three men in their nineties, each holding a silver goblet filled with 1896 Hennessy Cognac, toasting their 76 fellow airmen who have long since passed (the Doolittle Raiders) for the last time. My heart is filled with pride for them and what they have done. I am proud and grateful for my service and I am mindful of all who have served, are serving and will serve in the future. 

Thank you veterans and your families! Each and every one of you!

Sincerely,

GingoDave

(I know this has nothing to do with food - but I've noticed many veterans posting here and wanted to thank them.)
 

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Well said, Dave, thank you!  It was my intention to begin a similar thread...you beat me to it.  

To all those who ever served, or who are currently serving, in our great nation's military, a heartfelt Thank You for your service and sacrifice.



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GaryHibbert

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WELL SAID DAVE

Being Canadian, we don't fight all that much (although when its necessary we'll kill anybody or anythig) , we usually just serve.  But all I can say to all the vets in the world  is ................... Thank you!!!

Gary
 

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Here in Canada we call it Remembrance Day. Different name, same purpose. Remember those who have served and honour them with those who still serve. 

I solemnly do both.

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Amen :smilie_flagge13:
 

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For myself, it just another day as a tired old vet.

I celebrate it only for my brothers, their families and loved ones.

Especially a day for pause for those who didn't come home.
[h2]"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."[/h2]
Welcome home!

Good luck and good smoking.
 

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