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FReeper Canteen ~ Veterans Day 2012 ~ 12 November 2012
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 11/11/2012 5:03:15 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska

 

 

 
~ The FReeper Canteen Remembers ~
 
~ Veterans Day 2012 ~


 

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, reports the Department of Veterans Affairs. What's more, some Americans don't know why we commemorate our Veterans on Nov.11. It's imperative that all Americans know the history of Veterans Day so that we can honor our former service members properly.

 

Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.

 


 


 

 

Canteen Mission Statement

Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies' military
and family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.

 


 


 

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

 

 

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans". With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

 

 

In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.

 

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.
 

 



 

 

The White House Office
October 8, 1954

Dear Mr. Higley:

I have today signed a proclamation calling upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954 as Veterans Day. It is my earnest hope that all veterans, their organizations, and the entire citizenry will join hands to insure proper and widespread observance of this day. With the thought that it will be most helpful to coordinate the planning, I am suggesting the formation of a Veterans Day National Committee. In view of your great personal interest as well as your official responsibilities, I have designated you to serve as Chairman. You may include in the Committee membership such other persons as you desire to select and I am requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch to assist the Committee in its work in every way possible.

I have every confidence that our Nation will respond wholeheartedly in the appropriate observance of Veterans Day, 1954.

Sincerely,

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
 

Please remember that The Canteen is here to support
and entertain our troops and veterans and their families,
and is family friendly.


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1 posted on 11/11/2012 5:03:22 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska






Supporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen
at more than 1,000 places across the U. S. and around the world.

~Tribute to Our Troops~


2 posted on 11/11/2012 5:07:32 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: Kathy in Alaska








REQUEST PERMISSION TO COME ABOARD



GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!!!





Boston, Oct. 21, 2009 - Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Philip Gagnon pipes as USS Constitution performs an underway demonstration in honor of the three-masted wooden frigate's 212th birthday. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Mark Alexander/Released).
(Click for Bosun’s Whistle)




USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard fire vintage Springfield flintlock muskets during the ship's underway. "Old Ironsides" was underway for the "Constitution Day Cruise," which is conducted to thank the family and supporters of Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Nick Lyman (Released)

OUR TROOPS ROCK!!!!!!!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

3 posted on 11/11/2012 5:08:24 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

A blessed Veterans Day to you and all our troops, allies and families!


4 posted on 11/11/2012 5:08:24 PM PST by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

God Bless Our Republic

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up


5 posted on 11/11/2012 5:08:29 PM PST by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Please note: The author of Veterans Day 2012 is StarCMC.

Please thank StarCMC for today’s thread.

~ Remembering Veterans Day 2012 ~

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies’ military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.

CLICK HERE TO FIND LATEST THREADS



CLICK FOR Current local times around the world

CLICK FOR local times in Seoul, Baghdad, Kabul,
New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Anchorage


To every service man or woman reading this thread.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
No matter what your job description
Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.

To our military readers, we remain steadfast
in keeping the Canteen doors open.

The FR Canteen is Free Republic's longest running daily thread
specifically designed to provide entertainment and moral support for the military.

The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.



NOTE: CANTEEN MUSIC
Posted daily and on the Music Thread
for the enjoyment of our troops and visitors.


6 posted on 11/11/2012 5:11:11 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Please note: The author of Veterans Day 2012 is StarCMC.

Please thank StarCMC for today’s thread.

~ Remembering Veterans Day 2012 ~

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies’ military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.

CLICK HERE TO FIND LATEST THREADS



CLICK FOR Current local times around the world

CLICK FOR local times in Seoul, Baghdad, Kabul,
New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Anchorage


To every service man or woman reading this thread.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
No matter what your job description
Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.

To our military readers, we remain steadfast
in keeping the Canteen doors open.

The FR Canteen is Free Republic's longest running daily thread
specifically designed to provide entertainment and moral support for the military.

The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.



NOTE: CANTEEN MUSIC
Posted daily and on the Music Thread
for the enjoyment of our troops and visitors.


7 posted on 11/11/2012 5:11:11 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Please note: The author of Veterans Day 2012 is StarCMC.

Please thank StarCMC for today’s thread.

~ Remembering Veterans Day 2012 ~

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies’ military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.

CLICK HERE TO FIND LATEST THREADS



CLICK FOR Current local times around the world

CLICK FOR local times in Seoul, Baghdad, Kabul,
New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Anchorage


To every service man or woman reading this thread.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
No matter what your job description
Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.

To our military readers, we remain steadfast
in keeping the Canteen doors open.

The FR Canteen is Free Republic's longest running daily thread
specifically designed to provide entertainment and moral support for the military.

The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.



NOTE: CANTEEN MUSIC
Posted daily and on the Music Thread
for the enjoyment of our troops and visitors.


8 posted on 11/11/2012 5:12:14 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Citizen Steve - THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvaAD34TxHs


9 posted on 11/11/2012 5:13:58 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Aloha Night Owl! ((HUGS))

Glad you're back!
10 posted on 11/11/2012 5:16:40 PM PST by BIGLOOK (No joy and a wake up.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
Thank you Ladies for this evenings thread! *Hugs*

Happy Veterans Day!

11 posted on 11/11/2012 5:18:45 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: Kathy in Alaska

HI Everybody!

(((HUGS)))

God Bless America.
God Bless Our veterans.


12 posted on 11/11/2012 5:18:45 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Citizen Steve - TUESDAY JUNE THE 15th

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9r3MNqWscw


13 posted on 11/11/2012 5:19:54 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: AZamericonnie

Citizen Steve - REVOLUTION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyTwsXRea5E


14 posted on 11/11/2012 5:23:45 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: left that other site
Hi M/L....I saw this vid & thought it intersting & perhaps you may as well. *Click*. *hugs*
15 posted on 11/11/2012 5:23:55 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie

What the heck is wrong with FR that only one push of the post button gets a triple post and I had to stop it from doing another!

I AM SORRY FOR THE TRIPLE POST....AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

I HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO STOP IT!

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!


16 posted on 11/11/2012 5:26:00 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa; freedumb2003; BIGLOOK; All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


17 posted on 11/11/2012 5:31:10 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
Permission Granted!


18 posted on 11/11/2012 5:32:16 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: AZamericonnie
And Connie grabs the gold!!


19 posted on 11/11/2012 5:35:05 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Remembering and thanking all veterans. Miss thanking my father for his service, may he rest in peace.


20 posted on 11/11/2012 5:36:09 PM PST by austingirl
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To: Kathy in Alaska

This may date me but I still think of Armistice day. OIF vet


21 posted on 11/11/2012 5:37:33 PM PST by jesseam (eliev)
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To: ConorMacNessa; freedumb2003
And tied for the silver....Mac and free!!


22 posted on 11/11/2012 5:39:05 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


At Risk For The Savior

November 12, 2012

During basic training, Desmond Doss irritated his drill instructor and fellow soldiers. A pacifist by conviction, he refused to carry a weapon into battle, and this made his peers doubt his courage. Trained as a medic, the young Christian had no qualms about facing combat. But his goal was to save lives.

Doubts about Doss would change, however, when his military unit faced combat. During the World War II Battle of Okinawa, he ducked under machine gun fire to pull the wounded to safety. He prayed, “Lord, give me the strength to save just one more wounded soldier.” Eventually he lowered more than 70 injured men down a hill for further medical attention. For his efforts, Desmond Doss was awarded the Medal of Honor—the highest honor his country could bestow.

Scripture tells of another Christian who took great personal risks to help others. Of Epaphroditus, Paul wrote, “Hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life” (Phil. 2:29-30).

Around the world today, many believers risk their lives for the cause of Christ. Let’s pray that our God will protect them as they serve Him under threatening circumstances.

O Lord, listen to our cry for mercy; in Your faithfulness
come to the relief of those who are in danger because of
their faith. For Your name’s sake, preserve their lives;
in Your righteousness, bring them out of trouble.
Courage is not having strength to go on—it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

Read: Philippians 2:25-30

Hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death. —Philippians 2:29-30
Bible in a Year:
Acts 13-14


23 posted on 11/11/2012 5:40:37 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: austingirl

What branch of service?


24 posted on 11/11/2012 5:40:41 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC




Good evening, Kathy and Star !

***HUGS***



Thanks very much – coming aboard!

And thanks very much for tonight’s Hall of Heroes thread!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

25 posted on 11/11/2012 5:40:41 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER!



SWO-2 (Seal) Matthew G. Kantor, USN, Naval Special Warfare Unit, KIA Afghanistan 1Nov2012



I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)


Eternal Father, Strong to Save



Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, amid these who heeded the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!



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Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

26 posted on 11/11/2012 5:44:09 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: HopeandGlory
And rounding out the top "three"....Nana Hope bags the bronze!!


27 posted on 11/11/2012 5:44:58 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good evening, Mac...*HUGS*...hope you are feeling better today.

I’m definitely on the mend, but slowly. VERY TIRED! Almost nap time.


28 posted on 11/11/2012 5:54:23 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: BIGLOOK

Thanks...((HUGS))...I’m up and healing has begun, but on VERY limited duty. I need to go get horizontal now. Back later.


29 posted on 11/11/2012 5:59:21 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Not feeling well this weekend - did not sleep last night - very weak today. If I feel the same tomorrow I will have to go to the Doctor. I will be retiring early this evening.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

30 posted on 11/11/2012 5:59:37 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
Thanks Kathy!

Thanks Star!

Photobucket

31 posted on 11/11/2012 6:01:43 PM PST by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER!



SSgt Dain T. Venne, USAR, 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command, KIA Afghanistan 3Nov2012

I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)


God Of Our Fathers



Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, among these who answered the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!



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Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

32 posted on 11/11/2012 6:01:43 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...








Welcome To All Who Enter This Canteen, To Our Serving Military, To Our Veterans, To All Military Families, To Our FRiends and To Our Allies!



Missing Man Setting

“The Empty Chair”

By Captain Carroll “Lex” Lefon, USN (ret), on December 21st, 2004

“In the wardroom onboard the aircraft carrier from which I recently debarked was a small, round table, with single chair. No one ever sat there, and the reasons, both for the table being there, and for the fact that the chair was always empty, will tell the reader a little bit about who we are as a culture.The wardroom, of course, is where the officers will dine; morning, noon and evening. It is not only a place to eat – it is also a kind of oasis from the sometimes dreary, often difficult exigencies of the service. A place of social discourse, of momentary relief from the burdens of the day. The only things explicitly forbidden by inviolable tradition in the wardroom are the wearing of a cover or sword by an officer not actually on watch, or conversation which touches upon politics or religion. But aboard ships which observe the custom, another implicit taboo concerns the empty chair: No matter how crowded the room, no matter who is waiting to be seated, that chair is never moved, never taken.

The table is by the main entrance to the wardroom. You will see it when you enter, and you will see it when you leave. It draws your eyes because it is meant to. And because it draws your eyes it draws your thoughts. And though it will be there every day for as long as you are at sea, you will look at it every time and your eyes will momentarily grow distant as you think for a moment. As you quietly give thanks.

AS YOU REMEMBER.

The small, round table is covered with a gold linen tablecloth. A single place setting rests there, of fine bone china. A wineglass stands upon the table, inverted, empty. On the dinner plate is a pinch of salt. On the bread plate is a slice of lemon. Besides the plate lies a bible. There is a small vase with a single red rose upon the table. Around the vase is wound a yellow ribbon. There is the empty chair.

We will remember because over the course of our careers, we will have had the opportunity to enjoy many a formal evening of dinner and dancing in the fine company of those with whom we have the honor to serve, and their lovely ladies. And as the night wears on, our faces will in time become flushed with pleasure of each other’s company, with the exertions on the dance floor, with the effects of our libations. But while the feast is still at its best, order will be called to the room – we will be asked to raise our glasses to the empty table, and we will be asked to remember:

The table is round to show our everlasting concern for those who are missing. The single setting reminds us that every one of them went to their fates alone, that every life was unique.

The tablecloth is gold symbolizing the purity of their motives when they answered the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones who kept the faith.

The yellow ribbon around the vase symbolizes our continued determination to remember them.

The slice of lemon reminds us of the bitterness of their fate.
The salt symbolizes the tears shed by those who loved them.
The bible represents the faith that sustained them.
The glass is inverted — they cannot share in the toast.
The chair is empty — they are not here. They are missing.

And we will remember, and we will raise our glasses to those who went before us, and who gave all that they had for us. And a part of the flush in our faces will pale as we remember that nothing worth having ever came without a cost. We will remember that many of our brothers and sisters have paid that cost in blood. We will remember that the reckoning is not over.

We many of us will settle with our families into our holiday season, our Christmas season for those who celebrate it, content in our fortune and prosperity. We will meet old friends with smiles and laughter. We will meet our members of our family with hugs. We will eat well, and exchange gifts and raise our glasses to the year passed in gratitude, and to the year to come with hope. We will sleep the sleep of the protected, secure in our homes, secure in our homeland.

But for many families, there will be an empty chair at the table this year. A place that is not filled.

WE SHOULD REMEMBER.”

Thanks To Alfa6 For Finding The Narrative Of “The Empty Chair.”

Robert Schumann – “Traumerei”
(Click)


Never Forget The Brave Men And Women Who Gave Their Lives To Secure Our Freedom!!










Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

33 posted on 11/11/2012 6:15:54 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa; All

Rest In Peace our Heroes

Il Silenzio

Let Them In St. Peter

34 posted on 11/11/2012 6:19:51 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: ConorMacNessa


Honoring Our Fallen

35 posted on 11/11/2012 6:21:25 PM PST by BIGLOOK (No joy and a wake up.)
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To: 2111USMC

Thank you for your service Marine! *Hugs*


36 posted on 11/11/2012 6:21:33 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie




Good Evening, Connie!

***HUGS***



Great to see you this evening!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

37 posted on 11/11/2012 6:22:41 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: austingirl

Gratitude to your Father for his service Austingirl. *Hugs*


38 posted on 11/11/2012 6:23:34 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha, BIGLOOK!



Hand Salute To You, My Brother-In-Arms!









Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

39 posted on 11/11/2012 6:25:19 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
The third night I tried the ping I got it only once because I posted & backed it out immediately. Otherwise who knows how many times it would have posted. LOL
40 posted on 11/11/2012 6:27:05 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: ConorMacNessa

Hiya Conor...I need to go back to work to get some rest! LOL

I worked all day yesterday & today cleaning, shopping & doing laundry & am still not done.

Calgone take me away! :)


41 posted on 11/11/2012 6:33:01 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!


TATTOO
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Must retire – the 0500 Reveille approaches relentlessly.

The Bugler, his grim visage replete with an evil sneer, already mounts the parapet.

Do poor Tom some charity, whom the foul fiend vexes!



All Gave Some – Some Gave All!!!
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Good night, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America!

Godspeed our Troops around the Globe – especially those in harm’s way – by virtue of their service and sacrifice we continue to live in Freedom!









Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

42 posted on 11/11/2012 6:35:01 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: jesseam

Thank you for your service jesseam! *Hugs*


43 posted on 11/11/2012 6:35:15 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie

B-B-But the HEADSTOCK is the coolest part of any guitar! hahahahaha

Thanks for the video...very interesting!


44 posted on 11/11/2012 7:04:28 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: AZamericonnie

*Hugs*


45 posted on 11/11/2012 7:08:53 PM PST by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: ConorMacNessa

God rest the souls of the fallen heroes!


46 posted on 11/11/2012 7:21:33 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC

Thanks, Galz, for a wonderful thread honoring ALL of our brave and true!

Good to see you back, Kathy! I knew you couldn’t stay away very long! Take care, though! :)


47 posted on 11/11/2012 7:25:12 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: AZamericonnie; LUV W; Kathy in Alaska

Well,...back from Tucson and seeing Nate. Had lunch then spent the day at the Desert Museum in Tucson. He saw Otters, Beavers, Mountain Lion, Owls, Herrons, Snakes, Turtles, Hawks, Wolves, Deer, Montain Goat, Prairie Dogs, and Havelina.

One happy boy he is. Maddi was with us the whole time and she was a good girl.


48 posted on 11/11/2012 7:28:35 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Oh, what a fun time for little ones getting to see wild animals with grandparents! I know they had a blast!...and so did you! :)


49 posted on 11/11/2012 7:55:21 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

G-Ma took lots of pictures and so did the Mothers.


50 posted on 11/11/2012 7:59:55 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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