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Veterans Day

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    Veterans Day

    I want to wish a Happy Veterans Day to all who served. To all veterans, past and present, God Bless and thank you for your service to our great country.


    A protest raged on a courthouse lawn,
    round a makeshift stage they charged on.
    Fifteen hundred or more they say,
    had come to burn the flag that day.
    A boy held up the folded flag,
    cursed it and called it a dirty rag.
    A man pushed through the angry crowd
    with an old gun shouldered proud.
    His uniform jacket was old and tight;
    he had polished each button, shiny and bright.
    He crossed the stage with military grace
    until he and the boy stood face to face.
    Then the old man broke the silence.


    "Freedom of speech is worth dying for,
    good men are gone, they live no more.
    All so you can stand on this courthouse lawn,
    and ramble on from dusk to dawn.
    But before the flag gets burned today,
    this old veteran is going to have his say.
    My father died on a foreign shore,
    in a war they said would end all wars.
    Tommy and I weren't even full grown,
    before we fought in a war of our own.
    Tommy died on Iwo Jima's beach,
    in the shadow of a hill he couldn't reach.
    Where five good men raised this flag so high,
    that the whole world could see it fly.
    I got this bum leg that I still drag,
    fighting for this same old flag.
    There's but one shot in this old gun,
    so now it's time to decide which one.
    Which one of you will follow our lead,
    to stand and die for what you believe?"


    The boy, who had called it a dirty rag,
    handed the veteran the folded flag.
    The crowd got quiet as they walked away,
    to talk about what they heard that day.
    So the battle for the flag this day was won,
    by a loyal veteran with a single gun,
    who for one last time,
    had to show to some,
    that these colors will never, never run.

    It is the veteran, not the preacher,
    who has given us freedom of religion.
    It is the veteran, not the reporter,
    who has given us freedom of the press.
    It is the veteran, not the poet,
    who has given us freedom of speech.
    It is the veteran, not the campus organizer,
    who has given us freedom to assemble.
    It is the veteran, not the lawyer,
    who has given us the right to a fair trial.
    It is the veteran, not the politician,
    who has given us the right to vote.
    It is the veteran, who salutes the flag,
    who serves under the flag,
    whose coffin is draped by the flag.

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    Thumbs up

    I'm 1000% behind what ACP said above...
    God bless em all! If we didn't have such couragous men and women, we wouldn't be the World power that we are today!

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    Thankfully there have always been those willing to serve, both past and present.
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    Well Said

    Hats of to you guys
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    +1 to all said espically

    I want to wish a Happy Veterans Day to all who served. To all veterans, past and present, God Bless and thank you for your service to our great country.

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    Bob - AMEN dude - you said it all!

    I lost peripheral family in both great wars, a friend in the Falklands conflict and a very long standing Americal friend in Nam in IIRC 1972 or 73.

    "We will remember them".
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    Thanks for the poem, makes one proud to be a Vet. Thanks again

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    God bless all of the vets on this forum and the friends and family that support them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by srfl
    God bless all of the vets on this forum and the friends and family that support them!
    I agree 100%. GOD BLESS any and everyone who is serving or has served. Thank you.
    Rest In Peace Dad! I love you!!!

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    Thank You acparmed

    :unitedstaMay God Bless Our Vets.:unitedsta

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    Good Job guys from one veteran to all. Now lets meet up at Gold Corral on Monday....
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