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USO Canteen FReeper Style....Childrens Art to our Troops....July 23,2002
FRiends of the USO Canteen FReeper Style and Snow Bunny

Posted on 07/23/2002 12:15:45 AM PDT by Snow Bunny

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If you know a Veteran, someone in your family,
friend of the family, neighbor, who served their
country, take a brief moment of your day to thank them.
Thank them for the sacrifice they made
for the better good of their country.

We at Free Republic, and the USO Canteen FReeper Style,
are thankful for every service member
in our military, who has served our great nation.

So, to the men and women who answered the call,
in both times of war and peace, thank you.

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Message from Snow Bunny to all those who visit the Canteen.

This is how I think of the USO Canteen Freeper Style.
It is like a cottage down a road,
a place where a weary veteran can spend the night.

Since it opened, it is magical how so many
Freepers who post here, feel it too.
It has been so dear how the Freepers
kept making it a cottage - a home-type of place
that had a huge living room
for them to visit in and a dance floor, a library, etc.

Many Veterans have written to me,
saying that the Canteen is like home
to them for the first time since they served.

This is your Canteen -
a respite from our busy
and sometimes troubling world.
Make yourself at home.

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Children's Art at the Canteen

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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AFPN) -- With a pencil, pen and marker, Daniela McCain, third-grade daughter of Tech. Sgt. Christopher and Pamela McCain, from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., drew herself a first-place entry in the Air Force category of the Armed Services YMCA Art Contest 2002

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Tribute To HEROES

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If there's anything that identifies and personifies all military people, it's the dogtags.
It's one of the first things we get, and sometimes it's the last reminder of who we are.
They signify our unity of purpose and our dedication to our country.

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Please click on picture.

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The great intangible of America's wars beyond logistics,
beyond strategy, beyond wonder weapons and Generals,
is the spiritual force of its fighting men and women -
and that is the force that the USO so serves.

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To Jim Robinson,
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Thank you, from all those
who frequent the FReeper Canteen

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1 posted on 07/23/2002 12:15:45 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Marines:

What do you eat in the morning, afternoon, and dinner time? What is it like in the Marines? Is it fun to be a Marines? Why did you choose to be a Marine? You are awesome to help fight for our country. Is it fun to get trained? Is it hard to be a Marine? Where do you sleep? How do you clean your gun? What kind of guns do you have? Do you get a lot of E-MAIL every day? What kind of General do you have? Is he/she nice? What is your General's name. Whoever gets this E-Mail, what is your name? What Middle School did you go to when you were 13 years old. Did you go to college? Do you miss being home with your family? Do you have any brothers or sisters? Do you like any sports? I like a ton of sports.

Daniel
Rochester , New York


2 posted on 07/23/2002 12:16:29 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: DoughtyOne; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; A Navy Vet

3 posted on 07/23/2002 12:18:27 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: MistyCA; Victoria Delsoul; coteblanche; souris; AntiJen; SassyMom; SpookBrat; ClaraSuzanne

4 posted on 07/23/2002 12:20:15 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: *USO Canteen; archy; Alamo-Girl; Angelwood; AntiJen; abner; A Navy Vet; ...
Thank you all so much for your support of the FReeper USO Canteen.


5 posted on 07/23/2002 12:21:57 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: RadioAstronomer; HiJinx; tomkow6; ValerieUSA

6 posted on 07/23/2002 12:23:44 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
What a GREAT IDEA for a thread!
7 posted on 07/23/2002 12:24:50 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: SAMWolf; AntiJen; Victoria Delsoul

8 posted on 07/23/2002 12:25:53 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: 4TheFlag; Mr_Magoo; kneezles; tomkow6; HiJinx
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9 posted on 07/23/2002 12:27:57 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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11 posted on 07/23/2002 12:29:17 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; coteblanche
Hi Tonkin, thank you so much.Cote helped me with the opening.
12 posted on 07/23/2002 12:34:39 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny; Victoria Delsoul; coteblanche; All

Crank THIS!    

                





13 posted on 07/23/2002 12:37:02 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: coteblanche
Cote, thank you for helping me with the opening today.
It made a difference to have a background for this and the crayons are so cute too.The little girl drawing is adorable.

This is for you.


14 posted on 07/23/2002 12:38:16 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
How beautiful Tonkin !!!! That is so pretty, thank you so much.



15 posted on 07/23/2002 12:40:18 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Sabertooth
Thank you , that is nice.



16 posted on 07/23/2002 12:43:49 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Mornin' Tonk!

I was still up, and thought I'd stop by.......thanks for the pretty pic! It really lifted my spirits...

Hope the rest of your Monday went well.

Here's wishing you a good night and a great tomorrow.....

17 posted on 07/23/2002 12:44:26 AM PDT by Pray4USA
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To: Snow Bunny
Hi Snow!

It's RARE that I get to be on at the first part of the thread....the night here is so quiet, and I can't sleep just yet, so I am glad I dropped back in!

18 posted on 07/23/2002 12:47:29 AM PDT by Pray4USA
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To: Snow Bunny
Is this a first for the letters from children? Forgive me if it's not.....I haven't been able to see the Canteen too often until this past week.
19 posted on 07/23/2002 12:51:48 AM PDT by Pray4USA
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To: Snow Bunny
Good morning. Wonderful idea for the kids.
20 posted on 07/23/2002 12:56:23 AM PDT by swheats
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To: Pray4USA
Nice to see you, there is almost always someone around at theh Canteen. Sometimes a person can't sleep like you said too and they stop by or the East coast people are getting up pretty soon.

I have never done a thread about the letters from Children so this is the first time. Some are from last Christmas but they are so precious I included those too.

21 posted on 07/23/2002 1:07:06 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: swheats
Hi swheats, good to see you. Thank you so much.

I am off to bed now. My eyes are getting sleepy. hahaa

22 posted on 07/23/2002 1:08:15 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Sleep well.
23 posted on 07/23/2002 1:12:15 AM PDT by swheats
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To: Snow Bunny
Hi Sweetness,
Took me a ton of time to get through those letters. Had to keep drying my eyes. Great intro M'Lady. Support from the homefront is the best thing that can happen to our patriots 'over there'.

Nam Vet

24 posted on 07/23/2002 1:21:33 AM PDT by Nam Vet
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To: Snow Bunny
The children's letters will be a good idea....imho...

Wouldn't it be something, if a soldier saw his/her own child's letter here?
Hey - it's a small world...it could happen!

Going to see what other threads are of interest, then turn in..... so, as I probably won't return here, tonight....take care. See you soon, Snow. … (-=

25 posted on 07/23/2002 1:26:41 AM PDT by Pray4USA
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To: Snow Bunny; SAMWolf
We miss you Sam.
26 posted on 07/23/2002 1:31:56 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Snow Bunny; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Pray4USA; Nam Vet; swheats
Good morning, y'all =^)
27 posted on 07/23/2002 1:34:10 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Snow Bunny; coteblanche
Thank you both for a beautiful thread.
28 posted on 07/23/2002 1:34:37 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Snow Bunny; Admin Moderator
When you wake up, will you tell this puzzled FReeper:

~ You keep posting the same graphics, day after day after day. I've sampled it a few times, and it invariably takes five minutes to load. If it's a permanent welcome to veterans, couldn't you save some bandwidth and space for Jim Robinson by directing newcomers to add on to an existing thread? Updated, say, once per week?

~ What on earth would be part of such a thread that would be coming from an encrypted FEMA Website with its own security certificate? One that is missing an accurate internal name, for that matter? Such a security alert is a red flag, to me, from long experience. Again, this may be a threat to Jim Robinson's efforts.

~ Beyond all this, doesn't this entire enterprise far better belong in General Interest, rather than News/Activism? Do Jim's distinctions mean anything?

I suppose I am perplexed by just what kind of virtual-edifice complex is going on here. (Seeing, on this go-round, an 8th-grade kid asking a soldier to "kill Osama bin Laden for me" -- the loss of innocence is the dismaying cherry on the cake, really.)

29 posted on 07/23/2002 1:38:14 AM PDT by Greybird
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30 posted on 07/23/2002 1:39:44 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Snow Bunny; SpookBrat; SassyMom; MistyCA; SAMWolf; CaTexan; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; AntiJen; ...
Mornin' ya'll !
31 posted on 07/23/2002 2:21:21 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: JohnHuang2
Morning John, I can't believe I'm still awake. I think I'd better find my way to dreamland. Have a great day ahead.
32 posted on 07/23/2002 2:31:42 AM PDT by swheats
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To: Greybird
The 8th grade kid seems to have a grasp of reality that not many can claim. I'm sure they saw with many of us the killing of fellow Americans on 9/11 and feels as though someone needs to answer for that.

As far as innocence goes, that was taken long before the knowledge of Osama bin Laden. The public school system as young as 2nd and 3rd grade is teaching our children about same sex relationships, our children are bombarded daily with raunchy programming on tv, music and every form of entertainment. There is nowhere they can go without being assaulted with material that challenges their innocence. Not to mention the leader of the previous administration making the conversation of "blowjobs" all day, every day commentary. To go further, we've gone through years of scool shootings. Yea I think this 8th grader has it right.

Just my 2 cents.
33 posted on 07/23/2002 2:45:31 AM PDT by swheats
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To: Pray4USA; Snow Bunny; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; coteblanche; AntiJen

Howdy Everybody!

Snow Bunny: This is such a sweet thread! The notes and artwork from children are heartwarming.

Tonkin: Thank You!

Pray4, Jen, Cote: Hellow!

I hope y'all have a great day!

34 posted on 07/23/2002 3:29:54 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good Morning, Kathy! How's everything in Alaska!
35 posted on 07/23/2002 3:31:11 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MeeknMing; JohnHuang2; swheats; aomagrat; DoughtyOne; larryjohnson; Aeronaut; tomkow6
Good Morning. Y'all!
36 posted on 07/23/2002 3:34:04 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Greybird
I agree with you,GB. Especially the last line about the child who wrote "Kill OBL". It is sad when our children loose their innocents and their childhood. Although, I go along woth the child's sentiments! Have a great doy and may God bless you today and always.
37 posted on 07/23/2002 3:39:19 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Nam Vet; Sabertooth
Good Morning Y'all!
38 posted on 07/23/2002 3:41:28 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: tomkow6

HEY TOMKOW!

Guess what I got yesterday?

an autographed picture of youe "buddy"

NEENER! NEENER!


39 posted on 07/23/2002 4:17:27 AM PDT by Pippin
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Good morning, Snow! LOVE those letters!

Good morning, EVERYBODY!
40 posted on 07/23/2002 4:18:17 AM PDT by tomkow6
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Today's FEEBLE attempt at humor:

Two weeks ago was my 45th birthday, and I wasn't feeling too hot that morning anyway. I went down to breakfast knowing my wife would be pleasant and say "Happy Birthday," and probably have a present for me.

She didn't even say "Good Morning," let alone any "Happy Birthday." I thought, "Well, that's wives for you. The children will remember." The children came down to breakfast and didn't say a word.

When I started to the office I was feeling pretty low and despondent. As I walked into my office, my secretary, Janet said, "Good Morning, Boss, Happy Birthday." And I felt a little better; someone had remembered. I worked until noon.

Then, Janet knocked on my door and said, "You know, it's such a beautiful day outside and it's your birthday, let's go to lunch, just you and me."

I said, "By George, that's the greatest thing I've heard all day. Let's go." We went to lunch. We didn't go where we normally go; we went out into the country to a little private place. We had two martinis and enjoyed lunch tremendously. On the way back to the office, she said, "You know, it's such a beautiful day. We don't need to go back to the office, do we?" I said, "No, I guess not." She said, "Let's go to my apartment."

After arriving at her apartment she said, "Boss, if you don't mind, I think I'll go into the bedroom and slip into something more comfortable."

"Sure," I excitedly replied. She went into the bedroom and, in about six minutes she came out carrying a big birthday cake, followed by my wife, children, and dozens of our friends. They were all singing Happy Birthday... and there on the couch I sat... naked!!
41 posted on 07/23/2002 4:20:28 AM PDT by tomkow6
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LOL!! Tom! You're so cute!
43 posted on 07/23/2002 4:22:48 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
...youe "buddy"

Buddy? Or do you mean MY GOOD FRIEND ?

44 posted on 07/23/2002 4:23:11 AM PDT by tomkow6
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To: coteblanche
Good Morning, Cote!
45 posted on 07/23/2002 4:23:53 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: tomkow6
I meam your

COMMANDER IN CHIEF!


46 posted on 07/23/2002 4:25:26 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: coteblanche
Thanks, You do too!
48 posted on 07/23/2002 4:34:23 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Oh
49 posted on 07/23/2002 4:34:50 AM PDT by tomkow6
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To: tomkow6
Now you go hide in your burka!
50 posted on 07/23/2002 4:36:34 AM PDT by Pippin
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