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Posted on 11/10/2007 1:54:57 PM PST by timydnuc
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Thank you for posting this timydnuc, so very moving.
Thank you & all who serve past & present!
Friday I was told I had to be into work an hour early (0630 instead of 0730).
I got there right on time to find it was a surprise breakfast from the school to all 15 prior service vets on the faculty. Flabbergasted is not quite the word but it's the best I can do. At the ceremony we were all given little certificates and asked to contribute (temporarily) a few pics of ourselves from active duty years. I loaned three. There is a contest to see which of the student body can put the the correct name to the old pic. All the more surprising because the Principals, and assistant Principals all saw the same phot album I show my students every year which features significant moments from my active duty years as well as stuff since. That would include IDPA shooting matches and pix of my wife and daughter shooting as well. I got a lot of new looks of respect from this crowd.
Then were all pinned with a special card on our shirts. The kids were all told to identify the cards and just walk up at random and thank us for our service. You have any idea what it's like to have 1700 kids repeatedly thank you all day long? Repeatedly because sure as shootin' (lol) some kid is going to forget what he or she said at 0800 by the time lunch rolls around! It was pretty awesome. Better than (I think) walking in a parade in uniform.
Wow, that’s wonderful! Especially knowing that the children understood and that whoever organized it did, too.
Too bad they only put on this face - once a year.
For those that have never been there, no explanation is possible.....for those that have, no explanation is needed.
Rest easy, stay safe .....ya earned every second.
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of up to and including his life.
That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
Your post was stunning!! Thank you.
Couldn’t happen to a better group.....:o)
I remember coming home thru Travis AFB in 1974 having to change my uniform before I was allowed off the base to go back home on leave. I felt like I was a convict.
Then in 91 when returning from Desert Storm......A 180 in reception from folks here in the USA. I was hugged and greeted by thousands in Bangor Maine, Philly Airport, Denver and Albuquerque....... I cried. Feeling was unbelievable ......I cried for all those men and women before me and with me that have more pride and self worth than anyone I know.
And now this nation is trying to elect as president those who enjoyed treating vets that way then and now.......
Stay safe and I am so jealous of your day in the sun with all those students my friend !
Too cool !
Ya done good !
Suck it up , drop and give me 20 !
How wonderful, thank you for sharing your day with us.
That you deserved it, can’t be said often enough.
Nor, can I say “Thank you for serving”, to all of you often enough.
I was thinking of you all this morning, in the last hour of the
John Rothman program on kgo.com, you can still get it on the computer pod cast......I think.
He had on the author of a WW2 book, a David Israel, who wrote
“The Thunderbird Cried”, it is the stories that are untold from WW2, of the men and officers who lived them.
It is a book, written by the man who was there, so most of you will never know the book exists.
I was glad that I managed to hear it on my radio.
This is the website for the book:
May God keep all of you safe, those of our history and those of our future.
I hope it is easy for you and ya have a place in the sun to warm your old bones !
Stay safe !
Why, thank you, ya old troop. I got lucky and got the weekend off, and avoided the VFW ham and beens shindig in favor of doing up a couple of chickens on the backyard barbie- we got the meat finished just as the drizzle began right around sundown, which let us fly the old 48-star flag most of the day, at least.
I hope your day was as pleasant, and may you see many more, ya old
The university musical director at our local junior college proudly tells the story of his overseas days when he and his fellow students stood on highway overpasses and threw rocks at troops on the observation platforms of troop trains en route to and from the SF Presidio.
I told him that on the train I took there, the old SF NCO in charge of us took all the armed document couriers and stationed us on the platforms to open up with our .45s if anyone threw rocks at us from the overpasses. When I happily informed the good sergeant that I had a takedown Winchester M1897 riot gun and buckshot anno in my duffel bag, he beamed and said he knew he could depend on an old 10th Group treadhead gunner. Sadly, we never got to let off a round.
When I added that interesting tidbit to the university weenies story, I thought he was going to wet himself. He knows me well enough to know that I would have fired and probably would have hit him.
"It's Veterans Day. Go home. Anything you have on your desk will keep until tomorrow. And by the way, thanks."
Respects right back atcha, and to everyone who ever strapped on the uniform.
All but one of us in my team is a Vet thus or policy of not working alone was the woe of all involved......:O)
A good day none the less !
I really liked Ex Soldiers report ! Too Cool of a School !!!
Kudos to de boss man!
I keep promising myself I'll go down to the American Legion or VFW but... I never do.
Seems so long ago we did this,
but yet sometimes, like today, it's also seems like it was just yesterday.
Interesting irony is my next door neighbors are Viet Namese boat people,
A constant reminder from God that we did the right thing.
I live in Southern Calif. So today I mowed the lawn and thanked
God for my legs and having a whole body after the things I put it through.
For sure, I ain't going to be running any 5 miles runs with full field pack.
I'll leave it to the new warriors.
I/we did our part, we answered the call and we are forever a part (noticed or unnoticed) of this great country's History.
It was an honor to serve and frankly I rarely talk of it to anyone.
1968 - 1969 RVN, Company H 75th Ranger Battalion
Thanks for the ping.
I brought back memories with me, but those memories were good and they made me feel wonderful. This old Ranger was quite humbled to find these heroes. They have truly saved the world, you and I did the same, but it is just now coming to be written in history. Be proud, but be humbled in front of these men. You'll never look on a little old man with a funny hat and a satin jacket the same again.
I sat and drank coffee with these guys and listened. I heard more courage, humble courage, that I have ever heard since my father died (He was 101st, and he was D-day+1) he jumped into occupied Europe before D-day, he was in the bulge, and he marched across the Rhine, then he went to the pacific theater. But he seldom talked about it. These guys are my dad's age, had he lived that long. They are a wonderful breed, and they did save the world. Now we're losing them and it's up to me and you to carry this courage into this "modern" world, along with our service. The present generation will write their own history, in spite of the communist media in this country. They are fine men and they will win this war, and they should, but they won't, spit in the face of the left. They will be our next generation of political leaders, and they will clean this process up.
I'm done now. I hope you go down and have a beer with these guys, It's a life lifting experience.
He had several WWII era friends that were in the American Legion.
They had had some great stories and it is amazing the hardships they endured to win that war.
I love history and I ate that stuff up with a spoon.
Blurry screen thank you for sharung your experience. I am so grateful to all of you who serve or have served our country.
America..Land Of The Free Because Of The Brave.
Thank You, Veterans