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The FReeper Foxhole - Honoring Veterans Day - November 11th, 2006
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Posted on 11/11/2006 3:56:12 AM PST by snippy_about_it



Lord,

Keep our Troops forever in Your care

Give them victory over the enemy...

Grant them a safe and swift return...

Bless those who mourn the lost.
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FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer
for all those serving their country at this time.



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In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel free to address their specific circumstances or whatever issues concern them in an atmosphere of peace, understanding, brotherhood and support.

The FReeper Foxhole hopes to share with it's readers an open forum where we can learn about and discuss military history, military news and other topics of concern or interest to our readers be they Veteran's, Current Duty or anyone interested in what we have to offer.

If the Foxhole makes someone appreciate, even a little, what others have sacrificed for us, then it has accomplished one of it's missions.

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Veterans Day

A day set aside to honor our country's living veterans. At the Foxhole honoring veterans is a major part of our mission.

Whereas we will not forget those who died or our POW/MIAs, and those who are currently serving, today we specifically honor those men and women living among us who have served our country in times past, our living veterans.

At the Foxhole we are blessed to have veterans as part of our Foxhole family both as readers and contributors.


We would like to welcome all our veterans to the Foxhole on this very special day as we attempt to honor you and thank you for your service to our country. Freedom is not free and our debt to you and those gone before you can never fully be paid. May God richly bless you all. Welcome home and we will never forget.

It matters not where, when or how your served; here at home or in a foreign land, in the air, at sea or on land; in peacetime or in war, on the battefield or behind a desk; on supply lines; as an engineer, a mechanic, an infantrymen, a cook or medic. You chose to volunteer or fullfilled your duty by the draft and served America and we are forever grateful. Every job is important as they all support each other and the cause of freedom.

Some sacrifices are greater, yes, and some service more dangerous than others, yet all service is sacrifice by the troop and their family and we highly respect that service. Some gave all, all gave some.

Thank you all - from SAM and snippy





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Veterans Pride



A Message from Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson


America's veterans are the face of America. They come from all walks of life, all ages, all ethnicities. They served our Nation honorably and well and we honor that service, but how do we honor the veteran – the individual who put on the uniform and gave his or her all for our country?

Last spring I had the privilege of attending the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day ceremonies in Sydney, Australia. ANZAC Day is the most important national holiday in Australia, a combination of Memorial Day and Veterans Day. It was established to commemorate the more than 8,000 Australians killed in the battle of Gallipoli in World War I, and now honors all Australian and New Zealand veterans.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson

One of the things that stood out during the day-long ceremonies was how all of the veterans and surviving family members wore their medals and campaign ribbons. It focused public pride and attention on those veterans as individuals with personal histories of service and sacrifice for the common good.

That is why I am calling on America's veterans to wear their military medals this Veterans Day, November 11, 2006. Wearing their medals will demonstrate the deep pride our veterans have in their military service and bring Veterans Day home to all American citizens.

Veterans, wear your pride on your left side this Veterans Day! Let America know who you are and what you did for freedom.


1 posted on 11/11/2006 3:56:14 AM PST by snippy_about_it
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Veterans Day Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which is the correct spelling of Veterans Day?

a. "Veterans Day"
b.
"Veteran's Day"
c. "Veterans' Day"

A. Veterans Day (choice a, above).
Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an "s" at the end of "veterans" because it is not a day that "belongs" to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.

Q. On what day of the week will Veterans Day be observed?

A. Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.  The Veterans Day National Ceremony, like most ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself.  However, when Veterans Day falls on a weekday, many communities choose to hold Veterans Day parades or other celebrations on the weekend before or after November 11 so that more people can participate.

Q. Who decides if a government office or business closes or stays open on Veterans Day?

A. Federal government closings are established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  Generally, when a holiday falls on a non-workday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the federal government is closed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).  A complete schedule of Federal Government closings can be found on the Internet at .

State and local governments, including schools, are not required to follow OPM closure policies and may determined for themselves whether to close or remain open. Likewise, non-government businesses are free to make their own decisions to close or remain open for business, regardless of federal, state or local government closings.

Q. Why do some schools close and others remain in session on Veterans Day?

A. Because there is no legal requirement that schools close on Veterans Day, individual states or school districts are free to establish their own policies on school closings.  Most schools that do not close for Veterans Day schedule assemblies or other activities to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the week that includes Veterans Day. 

Q. What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

A. Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.  In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veterans Day History Web page. 

Q. Why are red poppies worn on Veterans Day, and where can I obtain them?

A. The wearing of poppies in honor of America's war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day. The practice of wearing of poppies takes its origin from the poem "In Flanders Fields," written in 1915 by John McCrae. Click here to read "In Flanders Fields." For information on how to obtain poppies for use on Memorial Day, contact a veterans service organization, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) or The American Legion, as a number of veterans organizations distribute poppies annually on Memorial Day.  You can find veterans groups in the Veterans Service Organization link on VA's Veterans Day web page. Veterans groups in your area can be found in your local phone book.  Look in the yellow pages under "Veterans and Military Organizations" or a similar heading.

Q. How can I get a Veterans Day poster?

A.  Each September, the Department of Veterans Affairs distributes posters to schools, state governments, Veterans Day Regional Sites, the military services and veterans service organizations.  We fulfill individual poster requests until our remaining inventory is exhausted.  However, you can download or print your own poster in the size and resolution you want directly from the Veterans Day Poster Gallery.  Click on the poster image, then choose from the selections offered.

Q. Can I get a Veterans Day Teacher's Guide?

A. We encourage teachers and others interested in obtaining Teacher's Guides to download the Portable Document File (PDF), available from the Veterans Day Home page. Please feel free to make as many additional copies as you need.

Q. Is Veterans Day celebrated in other countries?

A. Yes, a number of countries honor their veterans each year on November 11, although the name and types of commemorations differ somewhat from Veterans Day celebrations in the United States. For example, Canada and Australia observe "Remembrance Day" on November 11, and Great Britain observes "Remembrance Day" on the Sunday nearest to November 11. There are similarities and differences between these countries' Remembrance Day and America's Veterans Day. Canada's observance is actually quite similar to the U.S. celebration, in that the day is intended to honor all who served in Canada's Armed Forces. However, unlike in the U.S., many Canadians wear red poppy flowers on November 11 in honor of their war dead. In Australia, Remembrance Day is very much like America's Memorial Day, a day to honor that nation's war dead.

In Great Britain, the day is commemorated by church services and parades of ex-service members in Whitehall, a wide ceremonial avenue leading from London's Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. Wreaths of poppies are left at the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, which was built after the First World War. At the Cenotaph and elsewhere in the country, a two-minute silence is observed at 11 a.m., to honor those who lost their lives in wars.

Click here to go to the Veterans Day home page.

2 posted on 11/11/2006 3:57:49 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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Fact Sheet: America's Wars


November 2006


American Revolution (1775-1783)
Total Servicemembers ..................................217,000
Battle Deaths ..................................................4,435
Non-mortal Woundings......................................6,188
War of 1812 (1812-1815)
Total Servicemembers...................................286,730
Battle Deaths..................................................2,260
Non-mortal Woundings.....................................4,505
Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)
Total Servicemembers...................................106,000
Battle Deaths...................................................1,000
Mexican War (1846-1848)
Total Servicemembers.....................................78,718
Battle Deaths...................................................1,733
Other Deaths in Service...................................11,550
Non-mortal Woundings......................................4,152
Civil War (1861-1865)
Total Servicemembers (Union).....................2,213,363
Battle Deaths (Union)....................................140,414
Other Deaths in Service (Union)......................224,097
Non-mortal Woundings (Union).......................281,881
Total Servicemembers (Conf.)......................1,500,000
Battle Deaths (Confederate).............................74,524
Other Deaths in Service (Confed.)....................59,297 *
Non-mortal Woundings (Confed.) .................Unknown
Spanish-American War (1898-1902)
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide).................306,760
Battle Deaths......................................................385
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)................2,061
Non-mortal Woundings......................................1,662
World War I (1917-1918)
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide)...............4,734,991
Battle Deaths.................................................53,402
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)..............63,114
Non-mortal Woundings..................................204,002
Living Veterans......................................Less than 25
World War II (1941-1945)
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide).............16,112,566
Battle Deaths................................................291,557
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater).............113,842
Non-mortal Woundings..................................671,846

Living Veterans..........................................3,242,000
Korean War (1950-1953)
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide)..............5,720,000
Battle Deaths.................................................33,741
Other Deaths (In Theater)..................................2,833
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)..............17,672
Non-mortal Woundings..................................103,284
Living Veterans..........................................3,086,400
Vietnam War (1964-1975)
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide)..............8,744,000
Deployed to Southeast Asia........................3,403,000
Battle Deaths.................................................47,424
Other Deaths (In Theater)................................10,785
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)..............32,000
Non-mortal Woundings..................................153,303
Living Veterans..........................................7,286,500
Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide)..............2,322,000
Deployed to Gulf...........................................694,550
Battle Deaths......................................................147
Other Deaths (In Theater).....................................235
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)................1,590
Non-mortal Woundings.........................................467
Living Veterans...........................................2,260,000
America's Wars Total  
U.S. Military Service During War................43,185,893
Battle Deaths................................................653,708
Other Deaths (In Theater).................................14,560
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater).............525,930
Non-mortal Woundings................................1,447,281
Living War Veterans..................................17,835,000
Living Veterans (War & Peacetime)............23,976,000

* Does not include 26,000 to 31,000 who died in Union prisons.

Source:   Department of Defense (DoD), except living veterans, which are VA estimates.  Estimates are as of September 30, 2005.


Global War on Terror (as of Sept. 30, 2006)**
Total Servicemembers (Worldwide)...............1,390,765
Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan....................185,329
Battle Deaths...................................................1,674
Other Deaths (In Theater).....................................563
Non-mortal Woundings....................................15,991
Living Veterans.............................................433,398***

** For the most current GWOT statistics, visit: http://siadapp.dior.whs.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/castop.htm

***  VA estimate does not include those still on active duty and may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


 American Revolution Last Veteran, Daniel F. Bakeman, died 4/5/1869, age 109
Last Widow, Catherine S. Damon, died 11/11/06, age 92
Last Dependent, Phoebe M. Palmeter, died 4/25/11, age 90
 War of 1812 Last Veteran, Hiram Cronk, died 5/13/05, age 105
Last Widow, Carolina King, died 6/28/36, age unknown
Last Dependent, Esther A.H. Morgan, died 3/12/46, age 89
 Indian Wars Last Veteran, Fredrak Fraske, died 6/18/73, age 101
 Mexican War Last Veteran, Owen Thomas Edgar, died 9/3/29, age 98
Last Widow, Lena James Theobald, died 6/20/63, age 89
Last Dependent, Jesse G. Bivens, died 11/1/62, age 94
 Civil War Last Union Veteran, Albert Woolson, died 8/2/56, age 109
Last Confederate Veteran, John Salling, died 3/16/58, age 112

Last Union Widow, Gertrude Janeway, died 1/17/2003, age 93

 Spanish-American War Last veteran, Nathan E. Cook, died 9/10/92, age 106

It is estimated that the number of living World War II U.S. veterans will be:

9/30/06.....3,242,000 9/30/07.....2,889,000 9/30/08.....2,551,000 9/30/09.....2,230,000
9/30/10.....1,929,000 9/30/11.....1,649,000 9/30/12.....1,393,000 9/30/13.....1,161,000
9/30/14........954,000 9/30/15........773,000 9/30/16........616,000 9/30/17........484,000
9/30/18........373,000 9/30/19........283,000 9/30/20........210,000 9/30/21........158,000

Veterans and Dependents on the
Compensation and Pension Rolls as of
September, 2006

 

VETERANS

CHILDREN

PARENTS

SURVIVING SPOUSES

Civil War 

-

3

-

-

Indian Wars

-

-

-

-

Spanish-American War

-

113

-

125

Mexican Border

-

18

-

70

World War I

9

3,831

-

7,596

World War II

429,518

15,636

 227

232,745

Korean Conflict

226,467

3,423

419

61,423

Vietnam Era

1,103,561

9,819

3,614

151,507

Gulf War (1)

700,560

12,461

776

12,826

 

Nonservice-connected

329,856

20,362

2

186,074

Service-connected

2,725,824

28,362

6,418

313,091

(1) For compensation and pension purposes, the Persian Gulf War period has not yet been terminated and includes veterans of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

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3 posted on 11/11/2006 3:58:57 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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Click on the image to visit the Veterans History Project.

4 posted on 11/11/2006 3:59:54 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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Mom, What's A Veteran?
By Amanda Bennett - Copyright, 2000


And so begins our search to answer the question of the day for November 11th, "Mom, what is a veteran?" This generation of children has been unusually protected from much, if any, exposure to war and soldiers and military importance. So, when they see or hear reference to the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, they don't understand the significance or relevance to their lives. We can use this holiday as the perfect springboard to learning more about our history, our blessings, and the brave men and women who have served to protect us, and all that we hold dear.

Veterans Day - what does it mean to you?

The history of this holiday may be unknown to many of us, and yet it exists because of the strength and convictions of generations past that we should remember our veterans and their sacrifices for our peace and protection. There was a price paid for the freedom that we enjoy, and this freedom still needs our protection. While we enjoy peace, it is with an understanding that this peace has been bought with the efforts of our veterans, and this holiday can help us express our gratitude for their efforts and beliefs and sacrifices. On this holiday, we honor all of our veterans. Those in the military serve in all kinds of jobs, soldiers, doctors, nurses, pilots, engineers, astronauts, and so much more. They all work hard to protect and defend America, and we should be grateful to them all.

I heard recently that there is a shortage of military buglers to play Taps at military funerals because so many of our military veterans are passing away, particularly those from the World Wars. While our children haven't really been exposed to a "war", as we think of it, they do need an appreciation for those who have bravely served. Use this holiday to become familiar with veterans, their sacrifice and their courage. Learn more about the American military system, how it protects us today and what is happening with our defense. We should use this opportunity to learn more about the various organizations that help support out veterans, the Veterans Administra-tion (VA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and others.

This holiday has special significance to many members of our family as well as our friends. Though often quiet about their service, these people have a wealth of information and experience that they might be willing to share with our children about their service, training, and ideas, if asked. By learning more about the people and their participation, we can carry on the tradition and remembrance with pride.

With this holiday, let's bring out the flag and applaud our veterans. Let us teach these things to our children, so that we never take our freedom and liberty for granted. All of our veterans deserve our appreciation and remembrance. It is now the next generation's responsibility to protect and defend our country, our God-given rights, and our freedoms.


5 posted on 11/11/2006 4:01:08 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Hurtgen; James Ewell Brown Stuart; alfa6; Allen H; Colonial Warrior; texianyankee; vox_PL; ...



"FALL IN" to the FReeper Foxhole!



Good Saturday Morning Everyone.

If you want to be added to our occasional ping list, let us know.


6 posted on 11/11/2006 4:03:09 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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((HUGS))Good morning, Snippy. How's it going?

Happy Veterans Day to everyone from Southwest Oklahoma.

7 posted on 11/11/2006 4:09:12 AM PST by E.G.C. (I)
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Thank you!

We had a Veterans Day ceremony with our students yesterday for local veterans. It was wonderfully done.

Have a lot to be grateful for, and the veterans have made it possible. (God of course is the founder...)

One of my favorite songs I listen to at this time of the year is Mansions Of The Lord, performed by the West Point Glee Club.

The song is haunting, and the lyrics beautiful:

"The Mansions of the Lord" Words by Randall Wallace

To fallen soldiers let us sing where no rockets fly nor bullets wing Our broken brothers let us bring to the mansions of the Lord

No more bleeding no more fight No prayers pleading through the night just divine embrace, eternal light in the mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry and no children weep We will stand and guard tho the angels sleep All through the ages safely keep the mansions of the Lord

8 posted on 11/11/2006 4:14:52 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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For the first time in 14 years, the city of Syracuse (NY) will once again have a Veterans Day Parade! :-)


9 posted on 11/11/2006 4:18:28 AM PST by lysie ("Lowering the price to be paid by aggressors virtually guarantees more aggression." Dr. Sowell)
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To: E.G.C.

(((Hugs)))Good morning E.G.C. It's a cool, foggy morning here in southern Georgia today. Things are great.


10 posted on 11/11/2006 4:23:08 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Northern Yankee

Thanks for the ping - I'll look for words and notes on Google later.

I usually read selections of World War I poetry to the kids on Veterans' Day, and in the evening, we watch "The Lost Battalion" with the older ones.


11 posted on 11/11/2006 4:23:46 AM PST by Tax-chick (European Turkey)
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To: Northern Yankee

Thank you. I'll have to try to find the music for that song.


12 posted on 11/11/2006 4:23:50 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: lysie
Yay!

Good Morning.

13 posted on 11/11/2006 4:23:56 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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Good for Syracuse. I hope there is a huge turnout.


14 posted on 11/11/2006 4:24:32 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it; Tax-chick
Here you go!

http://compuball.com/av/mansionsofthelord.htm

15 posted on 11/11/2006 4:27:45 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: snippy_about_it

Thank you, veterans, for your service to our country and the cause of freedom. We honor you not only today but every day. God Bless you.


16 posted on 11/11/2006 4:31:50 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: snippy_about_it; Tax-chick
Try this again:

http://compuball.com/av/mansionsofthelord.htm

17 posted on 11/11/2006 4:34:18 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Northern Yankee; snippy_about_it

Marvellous! Now I just need a score so I can play it on the piano :-).

While I'm here, do any of you know if there's a program to send Thanksgiving and Christmas cards to the soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital? I remember doing this last year, but don't know if it's possible this year.


18 posted on 11/11/2006 4:34:33 AM PST by Tax-chick (European Turkey)
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Veteran's Day 2006


To the young, to the aging, Veterans of many wars,
Thank You for your service.
Your scars, some visible, some not seen.
Your medals earned for valiant deeds, held high in esteem.
Your shed tears on bloodied battle grounds
known to you and you alone.


Parades are held to honor you and rightfully so,
your heads held high, with honor we bestow
the fight for freedom to continue throughout the lands.
You answered the call to go, and with gratitude Veteran,
Old Glory stills flies o'er this land.


Soaring Feather
11/10/06







19 posted on 11/11/2006 4:44:28 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: Tax-chick
I will see what I can find for you.

I love that song, and cried when it was played at Ronald Reagan's funeral. I still tear up whenever I hear it. (Just did...)

As a veteran I can't help but think of all those veterans who gave the full measure of devotion on Veterans Day. I think most vets feel that way.

God Bless our troops!

20 posted on 11/11/2006 4:47:36 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Northern Yankee

I appreciate it. Beautiful song; I've never heard it before.


21 posted on 11/11/2006 4:49:38 AM PST by Tax-chick (European Turkey)
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To: Soaring Feather
Beautiful!

Thank you so much for that wonderful poem.

22 posted on 11/11/2006 4:50:59 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Northern Yankee

Hi Northern Yankee, you're welcome.

Good to see you!

Thank You for your service.

I am listening to Mansions of the Lord, oh my soul is weeping. The most powerful song ever written or sung.


23 posted on 11/11/2006 4:54:00 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Northern Yankee; alfa6; Professional Engineer; Peanut Gallery; Samwise; ..


US Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard Drill Team

24 posted on 11/11/2006 5:01:34 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: Tax-chick; Soaring Feather
Here you go...

http://stripes.com/03/mar03/support303.html

I am so touched that you feel as strongly about it as I do.

God Bless you both!

- Jay

25 posted on 11/11/2006 5:02:13 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Northern Yankee

Great link, thanks so much.


26 posted on 11/11/2006 5:06:49 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: Soaring Feather
Thank you!

It's my honor, and pleasure.

27 posted on 11/11/2006 5:11:13 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Northern Yankee

Thank you!


28 posted on 11/11/2006 5:15:45 AM PST by Tax-chick (European Turkey)
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To: Tax-chick
You're most welcome!

God Bless.

30 posted on 11/11/2006 5:18:32 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: snippy_about_it
Wonderful thread snippy, thank you! Lots of information here, I have spelled Veterans Day wrong in my poem, sorry I did not know that.
31 posted on 11/11/2006 5:35:45 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: snippy_about_it
If I could add something personal here, hope it is ok. Mr. Voice is a Vietnam veteran, he's the reason we are honored to drive around with the Purple Heart plates on our vehicle. He's been feeling a little more poorly these days,please remember him and other vets in your prayers today.Veterans Day dredges up a lot of memories, some not so good.
32 posted on 11/11/2006 7:01:30 AM PST by voiceinthewind
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To: snippy_about_it; SandRat; freema

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Birthday Marines!


Semper Fi,
Kelly
"C" Company, 1st Battalion, Fifth Marines, 1st Marine Division
An Hoa, Viet Nam 1969-1970


33 posted on 11/11/2006 7:14:05 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom ain't free. Semper Fi)
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To: kellynla

Semper Fi Marine!


34 posted on 11/11/2006 7:19:54 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: snippy_about_it
War is hell.

Remembrance and homage to those that fought to bring it to an end, to those that yet bear painful memories.

Thank you.

35 posted on 11/11/2006 7:22:21 AM PST by freedom9
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Soaring Feather; Professional Engineer; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; ...

November 11, 2006

Remembrance Day

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” —Luke 22:19

I was in London’s Heathrow Airport waiting for a connecting flight to the US. An announcement came over the public address system stating that it was “Remembrance Day” in the UK, the day on which people honored those who had died for their country in times of war. The announcement further said that at 11:00 a.m. there would be 2 minutes of silence and that it would be appreciated if everyone kept that in mind. Thousands of people from all over the world stood in silence as a tribute to the fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen of the UK.

The desire to remember those who gave their lives for their country is noble. Yet, as meaningful as that is, it cannot compare to the privilege that belongs to us when we approach the Lord’s Table. As we celebrate Communion, we are obeying Christ’s command that we remember His death (Luke 22:19) and to do it “till He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). When He sacrificed His life for us, He provided the forgiveness of sins that sets us free and secures for us an eternal home in heaven.

Rather than letting the Lord’s Supper become routine, make every opportunity at the Table a true “Remembrance Day” by honoring Him till He comes. Bill Crowder

Thank You, Lord, for dying for me
On the cross of Calvary;
Help me always to remember
What You did to set me free.  —Sper

Remembering Christ’s death for us should cause us to live for Him.

Bible in One Year:   Jeremiah 50; Hebrews 8


36 posted on 11/11/2006 7:42:21 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: kellynla; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; Ajnin; ...
Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Birthday Marines!

Semper Fi,
Kelly
"C" Company, 1st Battalion, Fifth Marines, 1st Marine Division
An Hoa, Viet Nam 1969-1970

Love to All!

37 posted on 11/11/2006 8:14:44 AM PST by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: snippy_about_it
I too add my thanks to all my fellow Veterans. As a way of saying thank you, I have posted a personal dedication too all Veterans on my blog, Right in a Left World: Brave Men, Dedicated to My Fellow Veterans.

Additionally, under that post is a link to a very moving and inspiring song dedicated to Canadian Veterans, A Pittance of Time.

If you have never seen it or desire to see it again, please visit, have kleenex handy. It moves me to tears each time I see it.

38 posted on 11/11/2006 8:28:56 AM PST by DakotaRed (Kerry Should Resign!)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Jen
Thank you fellow Veterans, especially President Bush and Sec. Rumsfeld.
39 posted on 11/11/2006 8:29:56 AM PST by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: snippy_about_it; All
Veterans Day

I asked a friend whom I knew to be a veteran what
Veterans Day meant to him-and I listened
carefully to what he had to say:

"I don’t know quite where to begin,” he said slowly,
“For me, the meaning is in my heart.”
“I am proud to be an American who responded to my country’s call
and when called upon, I did my part.

Did I fight for freedom? Yes! our politicians will tell you,
as they strut and pontificate this Veteran’s Day.
Flags and red, white and blue bunting will adorn their platforms
as they glamorize sending young Americans into harm’s way.”

“Did I fight for your freedom? Its very difficult to say.
I have to remind you of a sign that adorns a place nearby,
Placed prominently on the green of the Boise Veterans Hospital.
In bold letters that have made some cry,
It says in patriotic language so noble and so American,
THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS VISIBLE HERE
But many of the veterans who visit there will be reluctant to tell you-
Only if you have been in combat, is that message really clear.”

“Did I fight for your freedom? Hell no! is my first response.
I fought for the lives of friends and comrades caught in dark places.
Under fire, and besieged with stress unknown to most,
Killing other men and never quite able to forget they had faces.
Unable to have the luxury of grief for good friends suddenly dead,
your particular freedom nor anyone else's ever crossed my mind.
At least not then, and would not even now as I ponder these thoughts,
except, somehow, reason has to be found for those left behind.”

“Did I fight for your freedom? I guess I did, and mine too.
Some understanding person, maybe who had even been there,
Realized Veterans needed their day, a day of parades, remembrances
small American flags on Veterans graves, help for the cross we bear.
Freedom, the word is over used, but maybe appropriate for Veterans Day,
gives a tangible reason why wars must be fought.
Do not forget, as sweet as the word freedom sounds and is over used,
Freedom as you know it was very dearly bought.”

Last night they came to see me in my deep sleep, still young while I am old.
Sweede, Mel, Roger, others, whispering approval of what I just told.

K. W. Andrus
Colonel, USMC (Ret)

40 posted on 11/11/2006 8:44:57 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it

41 posted on 11/11/2006 8:45:21 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Soaring Feather

Nice one feather, Thanks. (Samwolf, using Snippy's signon)


42 posted on 11/11/2006 8:45:58 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it

Ah, thanks Sam, you're welcome.


43 posted on 11/11/2006 8:54:54 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: Northern Yankee

Thank you Northtern Yankee. I'm downloading it now.


44 posted on 11/11/2006 9:13:29 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Tax-chick; Northern Yankee; doug from upland
do any of you know if there's a program to send Thanksgiving and Christmas cards to the soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital?

Doug from upland was doing a card drive awhile back. Here's the old link on FR, he may be able to help.

45 posted on 11/11/2006 9:23:10 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: voiceinthewind

It's always okay to get personal in the Foxhole. Please thank Mr. Voice for his service. We will certainly lift him up in prayer. Thank you for sharing with us.


46 posted on 11/11/2006 9:27:15 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: vox_PL

Thank you dear friend from Poland. We appreciate your well wishes for our veterans.


47 posted on 11/11/2006 9:28:55 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: kellynla

Thanks for stopping in Kelly and thank you for your service.


48 posted on 11/11/2006 9:30:11 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: freedom9

Amen to that.


49 posted on 11/11/2006 9:31:37 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: kellynla

Kelly - I was with K&L 3/5 from April to August 69, when I was hit. Happy Veterans' Day and Happy USMC Birthday. Semper Fi!


50 posted on 11/11/2006 9:40:17 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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