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Old 11-11-2015, 12:15 PM   #1
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Many thanks to all who served...




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Old 11-11-2015, 04:19 PM   #2
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Second that! No way that we can thank you enough.
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Old 11-11-2015, 05:52 PM   #5
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Us vets appreciate those kind words. Even better, it got me a free piece of chocolate cake at Cracker Barrel today!
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:47 PM   #8
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What I like best about veterans day is that the vast majority of us are silent about it. We dont need thanks for doing something we believe in.
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:50 PM   #9
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Yeah, and thanks for putting it on the line for the protection of what so many take for granted.
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As I sit here after another year and just poured myself a nice 3 fingers on a couple of rocks I say, To my fellow brothers and sisters who served and came back, thank you! To those that didn't, may you rest in peace. Your brothers in arm are still on watch.
I for one am grateful for the recognition that the American people are giving to those that have served, it wasent always like that.

And to our Allies that served, this may be America's day to pay respect to our veterans, but I thank you for serving by our sides and covering our butts.

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Old 11-11-2015, 10:27 PM   #11
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Thanks to all who served. Me? 6.5 years USAF 1969-1976.
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I'm awed every time I'm thanked for my service to this great country. I like many others came home from Viey Nam years ago to a very different reception. Today I'm often humbled by the thanks, the best so far was a youngster who thanked me for my service and stuck out his small hand to shake mine.
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Old 11-12-2015, 02:11 AM   #13
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What I like best about veterans day is that the vast majority of us are silent about it. We dont need thanks for doing something we believe in.
Very true my friend.

As I was getting out of my car this morning heading into the gym, a lady in a car in front of me said "thank you."
Frankly, I had no idea what she was talking about until she pointed at my contractors cap with the flag, that I wear all the time. I thanked her for her thoughts and went on about my business. Never much occurred to me.

Went into the local nutrition shop after working out.
They apparently had some sort of discounts on supplements and gear for vets going on.

There were two former Marines, both combat vets, a former Army guy and myself standing there talking, when one of the customers, another vet, asked if anyone was going to Applebees for the freebies?

The one younger Marine made me very proud with his response:
"No thanks. That's not why I signed up."
That young man made my day, and I told him so.

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I'm awed every time I'm thanked for my service to this great country....the best so far was a youngster who thanked me for my service and stuck out his small hand to shake mine.
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Well said Master Chief.
The small kids are the best.
They're all heart.

Every year since my granddaughter has been in school, until this year, I've attended her schools Veteran's Day celebration at her request. Each year, they pick a different branch to represent, based upon their grade. Last year was the USMC, in which her biological father presently serves.

This year was the USCG (my service), and wouldn't you know it?
My daughter decides a week before (end of last semester) to start home schooling! Needless to say, she missed the service (which is always moving)

And she was so proud that she knew our hymn from start to finish! She was humming it around the house all day today. That makes me proud...of her

All that crap said, thanks to everyone for their service.

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Old 11-12-2015, 12:00 PM   #14
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I'm not one who wears any kind of garb that shows I served my time, nor do I talk much about my time in the service. I also am not one who runs around on Veteran's Day scooping up freebies that companies offer as a "thanks" to vets.


Yesterday my wife and I took another couple and ventured out along the "Apache Trail" after lunch at Tortilla Flat. (Google both of them) After dropping off the other couple we decided to head to a Hurricane restaurant because they have great Grouper tacos.


When we got there we realized they were having some free entree's for Vets so I opted for the fish & chips. The waitress, a cute little lady in her 20's asked me if I had a military ID card. I said no, those were only issued to people who retired from the service and said I had left the USAF after my second enlistment was up. She said that was fine and placed our order.


At the end of what turned out to be a great fish dinner I tipped her generously and on the way out thanked her for the dinner. I told her I had two surprises that night--the first was the no-charge dinner, explaining to her that's not why we had come in, and the second that the dinner was so good.


She gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek and said "I'm glad you enjoyed the dinner. Thank you for your service."


What a great way to end a memorable day.
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FYI If you register with the VA you'll get a veteran's ID card. I keep mine in my wallet because it's good for 10% discount at Home Depot & Lowes.

I always get thanked for my service at Lowes when I present the card. I sometimes do at HD.

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Old 11-12-2015, 04:17 PM   #16
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Guess I like the big deal made.....not so much for the attention personally...but other non-vets see it so when some clown decides to mouth off something negative, or how some GI/retiree benefit should be pared down or compared to some social handout...

I usually don't have to get involved, some good hearted citizen will jump In and tell Mr. Negative to go "F" him/herself.
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Actually, I always feel a bit sheepish when someone "thanks me for my service." I feel that I do not deserve any special thanks. Growing up in my neck of the woods, joining the service was something young men did, or at least the ones in my socioeconomic group did anyway. Poor southern boys were born to serve.

I joined the day after my 17th birthday, and enjoyed every moment of it until I was discharged three years later. Got three good meals a day, had fun, good companionship, got to see the Frozen Chosen and Japan, and on top of all that they gave me some money each month!

And then the GI Bill helped me get a college education, and a good life.

So my reaction has always been: "Well, thanks, but really nothing to thank me for."

Lest anyone take this the wrong way, let me assure you that I am the first in line to thank those who paid a price for their service. It is just that I was lucky enough not to have to.
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Late musings post Veteran's Day.

I have often pondered on the definition of who is a Veteran?

I served a 4 year Navy hitch, mostly in cushy postings, but did end up being just once in the wrong place at the wrong time and at the wrong end of a torpedo: Purple Heart.

Does this make me a Veteran?

In my mind, emphatically NO!

My personal experience does not even begin to hold a candle to those who have been under fire, day in and day out, during a protracted deployment in dangerous, hostile and too often fatal environments. (Not to mention those who did come home, but came home not whole, mentally or physically). My hat's off to them all.

Name your conflict: WWI, WWII, Vietnam, prior, post, ad infinitum.

But too many, too many.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:31 AM   #20
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Dewhatty, your a Veteran Purple Heart and all so when it's time to honor our flag you earned the right to salute the colors and accept the thanks of fellow Americans if for no other reason than for those who didn't make it back.
As far as too many conflicts they where wars politicians who never served call them conflicts.
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