Skip to comments.Happy Veteran's Day 2011
Posted on 11/11/2011 6:40:29 AM PST by writer33
In February of 1775, the British Parliament declared the Massachusetts colony in open rebellion, authorizing British troops the power to kill the rebels. Lt. General Thomas Gage gave the order to destroy stores and quell the rebellion. So began the Battle of Lexington, the American Revolution and the quest for liberty.
And on this day, we remember all of those who have served in that capacity, granting us the ability to indeed pursue liberty and happiness. From Breed's Hill to Afghanistan, the U.S. Military has secured those unalienable rights, insuring it will indeed be passed on to our posterity.
So Happy Veteran's Day to all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coastguardsmen and Merchant Marines for your remembered sacrifices over the years.
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Video tribute at site ping!
Thank you to all those that served, past and present, and those that continue to protect our freedoms.
Found out the other day that my Grandfather and Grandmother were married on Armistice Day, he was a WWI vet.
How neat was that. :-)
13 fantastic videos! Great job! bttt
Thanks for the bump, Matchett. Glad you enjoyed it.
Looks like you raided Mark Levin’s audio stash ;o)
Don’t forgot the Coast Guard, they are the fifth branch of the military. I don’t
know where the Merchant Marines fall though...
Merchant Marines are primarily a peace time agency. However, they would fall under the auspices of the Department of the Navy in a time of war, and did so during World War II, Korea, etc...
I sent your web site link along with Huck’s VIDEO link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou7y8AyTwIY to my brother, Jim, (a Vietnam vet) today.
Thought you two would appreciate reading his response. Get a hanky.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, THESE REMARKS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED ON THIS VETERANS DAY.
I REALLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT THIS NATION CONTINUES TO REMEMBER ALL THE SACRIFICES OUR MEN AND WOMEN ARE MAKING EVERY DAY OUT THERE!
ON MY LAST VA HOSPITAL VISIT I FOUND MYSELF IN A SMALL WAITING ROOM ALL ALONE WITH A YOUNG IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WAR INFANTRY VETERAN THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY SUFFERING FROM P.T.S.D.
I RECOGNIZED HIS SYMPTOMS IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE I WAS THAT WAY MYSELF IN VIETNAM AFTER I WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AFTER BEING WOUNDED IN 1967.
HIS RIGHT LEG KEPT SHAKING UNCONTROLLABLY AND HE WAS IN KIND OF A HYPER STATE, AS HIS EYES KEPT DARTING AROUND THE ROOM AND OUT THE WINDOW ETC. AND I FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO TALK TO HIM AND COMFORT HIM SOME WAY.
I ASK HIM WHERE HE HAD BEEN DEPLOYED AND HE TOLD ME HE WAS INVOLVED WITH THE FIRST INVASION OF IRAQ AND SUBSEQUENTLY AFGHANISTAN WHERE HE WAS THE VICTIM OF AN I.E.D. THAT KILLED ALL HIS FRIENDS AND WOUNDED HIM.
THEN, HE SAID THAT HE HAD JUST LOST HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN IN A HOUSE FIRE!!
WELL MY GOD, IT WAS NO WONDER THE POOR GUY WAS IN SUCH A HORRIBLE CONDITION!!
I PUT MY ARM AROUND HIM AND TOLD HIM HOW PROUD ALL OF US ARE OF HIS SERVICE OVER THERE AND HOW SORRY I WAS TO HEAR OF HIS LOSS.
I TOLD HIM I WOULD PRAY FOR HIM TO GET THE HELP HE NEEDED AND DESERVED.
THE DOCTOR THEN CALLED TO SEE HIM AND I WAS JUST SITTING THERE WITH TEARS COMING OUT OF MY EYES AS I THOUGHT ABOUT ALL THE HORRIBLE EXPERIENCES THIS YOUNG GUY HAD GONE THROUGH.
SOMEHOW, ALL MY OWN PROBLEMS BECAME MUCH LESS SIGNIFICANT.
I CAN’T GET THAT GUY OUT OF MY MIND AND I JUST PRAY HE IS GETTING THE HELP HE NEEDS!
WITH LOVE ALWAYS,
Good stuff, Matchett. Thanks for posting.
Glad you enjoyed it, ss.
May those who died rest in peace.
BTW was anyone else offended that Zero was late - a full five minutes - at Arlington today?
I’m surprised he even bothered to be at Arlington today. The man has no clue.
I went to the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Houston today. A woman walked up to me and asked if I was a veteran. I told her I was and she handed me an envelope and said Thank you for you service and went on her way. Inside was a thank you note with the following words written by hand.
Ive often wondered how to show my sincere gratitude and appreciation for one has sacrificed so
much, one who has given so much, so I can be free. Thank you for your service and all you
have given so I, my children and future generations will be free. May God bless you and
keep you always.
With love and prayer,
This lady was sincere!
There were Occupy Houston protestors one block away from the parade route. My wife said Everyone of those people should be walking around thanking veterans for their right to protest.
Finally, there was an ARVN soldier in his old uniform watching the parade. Everytime the American flag passed he came to attention and saluted. Wow!
One of the first floats in the parade was “Goldstar Mothers”. Women who had lost children in the war were on the float. That made me and my wife both cry.
For those of you that went earlier, I added two more videos for your review during this wonderful Veteran’s Day. The first is the Coast Guard theme song, which I completely missed earlier.
And the second is a five minute video on the Merchant Marine Academy. It’s helful in understanding what they do as a part of our military forces. Good information for those that don’t know.
And for those that do, I don’t want you going back to the site anyway. LOL!
Just kidding, ladies and gentleman. I respectfully thank each and every single one of you for your love of America and for not voting Obama/Biden in 2008!
Thank you...and you’re welcome, ma’am!
God bless you and thank you for your service, too!
It was all my pleasure. If 55 men could risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, then it was the least that I could do.
And stop letting my secrets out. LOL!
Thanks for the ping, friend. Have to ping our other Florida Freepers to your post #9.
God Bless your brother too.
Prayers for this young man during his time of horrible loss. I can’t even imagine ...
You wrote: “Prayers for this young man during his time of horrible loss. I cant even imagine ...”
I can’t either. And to think that his is only the tip of the iceberg of all the personal stories of unimaginable suffering many of these veterans have been and, and are now, going through. I don’t even want to start on what I think of that low-life Obama and the rest of the debased minds - (DemocRATS in and out of Congress) - who have spent years saying and doing everything they could to undermine America and our military. If I did, my rant could go on unabated for hours. In actual fact, despise them, and what they stand for, BEYOND mere words.
Here are some interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall:
SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now deceased.
There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.
Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war’s beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle’s open side and contained within the earth itself.
The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass; listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
8,283 were just 19 years old.
The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .
1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam .
31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
54 soldiers once attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. I wonder why so many from one school.
8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
Beallsville, Ohio, with a population of 475, lost 6 of her sons.
West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
The Marines of Morenci: They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci’s mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
The Buddies of Midvale: LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on December 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.
Most Americans who read this will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
Thank You, Matchett-PI, for that information! I have been to the WALL many times (with Rolling Thunder) and it touches me deeply every time.
Oh, that narcissistic, sociopath has a clue, alright. I agree with Rush. THIS is what the man-child IS:
October 16, 2008(before the '08 election)
Rush Limbaugh: Robot Obama Is Cold, Not Cool
"....Like I said in the last hour, if I'd have heard one more time from the Fox All-Stars about how cool Obama was -- David Brooks said Obama is a mountain. He's a rain forest. You get up every morning and the mountain is just there. I didn't see cool. I don't see elegant. I see somebody not even really human. I see somebody devoid of passion. You can spin it in his favor and you can say he is cool under fire, or you can be more realistic and say he's cool only because he's cold. And there's a big difference.
"He's without feelings; he's without passion; he's a programmed robot. Remember, he has learned well what he has been taught. He just wants to win. You can barely even insult the guy. He's like a Stepford husband. He's really a cold customer.
"I think that's what came across to me last night, cold enough to cavort with terrorists, cold enough to cavort with people who want to overturn the capitalist system and make it socialist and do it by way of education. Cold enough to dismiss small-town Americans contemptuously as bitter clingers, cold enough to take our guns away. Obama is cold enough to spread the wealth. He's cold enough to fundamentally change our form of government, cold enough to admire dictators. ..."
April 29, 2009
September 23, 2010
April 14, 2011
This great poem was read at a WWII vet's funeral I attended a while back by a friend and fellow serviceman at the deceased's request. It was written by a soldier who took part in the second wave at Normandy. I was very moved by it and asked for a copy. It contains hand-written notes.
My wife and I printed it on parchment paper and dropped it off at the local VFW and Legion Halls Thursday.
Prayers to all our vets past, present, and future.
Here is why Americans will fight for Freedom:
Every time out country stands in the path of Danger an instinct seems to summons her finest first. Those who truly understand it.
When freedom shivers in the path of true peril it is always the patriots who first hear the call. When loss of liberty is looming as it is now the siren sounds first in the hearts of freedoms vanguard the smoke in the air of our Concord Bridges and Pearl Harbors is always smelled first by the farmers. Who come from their simple homes to find the fire and fight, because they know that sacred stuff resides in that wooden stock and blued steel.
Something that gives the most common man the most uncommon of freedoms. When ordinary hands can possess such and extraordinary instrument that symbolizes the full measure of human dignity and liberty.
That is why those 5 words issue an irresistible call with all and we must. So as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words, for everyone within the sound of my voice, to hear and to head, and especially for you Mr. Gore “From my Cold Dead Hands”.
Charlton Heston (addressing the 2000 NRA Convention)
A drink to all those who are gone...
Oh my goodness. Prayers for him, what a thing to go thru! I remember how the guys were treated after Viet Nam (my Dad was over there). At least it has gotten better now, but still, war IS Hell. I can’t claim to know what it’s like to go thru that, having never been there. But I do appreciate the service of them, one and all. My brother in law is leaving for Afghanistan again shortly.
Prayers for all of them. May God be with them every moment.
Thanks for the ping.
Thanks. Everyone needs a day off from war.
Thanks for the all the links, Matchett. And we knew all this and he still got elected. How is that possible? Could it be that a bunch of morons that felt Obama gave them meaning in their lives. I wonder how they feel now.
It apparently doesn’t bother some people. I saw a couple of “Obama 2012” bumper stickers today in Boynton Beach, FL.
God bless, Jan ...’ ...................... FRegards
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