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    "Veterans Day" is nice, but I've always preferred the original name.

    Every November 11, I post, somewhere on the web, the URL of my Dad's WW1 diary and other papers and photos located at the University of Kansas. http://www.kancoll.org/articles/cruzan/c_credits.htm It's my dedication to him, Pvt. Benjamin Edgar Cruzan, 1895-1986. It was so late in life that I realized how much I learned from him.


    Never before or since,
    As changed itself to past
    Without a word - the men
    Leaving the gardens tidy,
    The thousands of marriages
    Lasting a little while longer:
    Never such innocence again.


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    Very cool marv.

    And a hearty Well Done to all our Vets.
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    Just a reminder:

    It is the soldier,
    not the President who gives us democracy.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Congress who takes care of us.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Organizer who
    has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.

    It is the soldier,
    who salutes the flag;
    who serves beneath the flag,
    and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
    that allows the protester to burn the flag.


    ~ Father Dennis O’Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain
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    This Veteran's Day I remember and salute my grandfathers. Both MSG's in WW II. One was a waist gunner on B-17's and the other was airborne over Normandy on D-day. Thank you Grandpa W and Grandpa J...your service allowed me to serve today.

    My goal since basic training has been to make MSG just like they did.
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    Been trying to find this since last week - finally did. Thank you to all who are serving or have served.

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    A POEM WORTH READING

    He was getting old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew where of he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer,
    For ol' Joe has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer
    For a Veteran died today.

    He won't be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won't note his passing,
    'Tho a Veteran died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young,
    But the passing of a Veteran
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Some jerk who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician's stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Veteran,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever-waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Veteran
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Veteran,
    Who would fight until the end.

    He was just a common Veteran,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his likes again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Veteran's part,
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:
    "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
    A VETERAN DIED TODAY."
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
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