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      Something to think about.........

  • It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
  • It is the Soldier, not the poet, that has given us the freedom of speech.
  • It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
  • It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

 The  Pledge of Allegiance
     from Scout troop 355

This part of this page is being added on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2000.  A day set aside to honor all Veterans from all wars.  A day set aside to thank  the Veterans.  I think our country would be better off if we would remember to thank them at other times, too.

"But how do I know who a Veteran is?"

Maybe this will help:

Some Veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar,  a certain look in the eye.
Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together,  a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul forged in the refinery of adversity.  Except in parades, however,  the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.
You can't tell a Vet just by looking.

"So, What is a Vet?"

He's the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He's the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She, or he, is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another, or didn't come back at all.

He is the Quanitco drill instructor who has never seen combat but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to look out for each other.

He is the Parade riding Legionnaire who pins his ribbons and medals on with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in the Tomb of the Unknowns, whose presence at the
Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, palsied now, and aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being.  A person that offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say "thank you". That is all most people need,  and in many cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded,  or were awarded. 

Two little words that mean a lot -  "Thank You".

Thanks for VOTING!

OR, if you live in Florida, thanks for counting, counting and counting!

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