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  • ~~~~~ In Remembrance & Appreciation of Past and Present Veterans ~~~~~~

     

    It's the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

    It's the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press

    . It's the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

    It's the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

    It's the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

    It's the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

    Each time we remember how grateful we should be to live in a country as great as America, remember to thank God ... and, thank a Veteran!


    THERE THEY GO

    There they go again, our youth,
         the cream of this great land.
    They face their moment, now, of truth,
         and fully understand.

    The time has come, that day for which
         they've labored and prepared.
    The foe has challenged; they won't quit
         until they're running scared.

    Though they who desecrate our flag
         crave peace at any cost,
    I've never yet heard any brag
         of precious freedoms lost.

    They look to those armed forces, brave,
         And trust, as do we all,
    To see the tyrants don't enslave;
         To keep us standing tall.

    More power to you, our loyal and true!
    May God proteact and guide you.
    And keep in mind, hearts left behind
    are right in there beside you.

    In Memory of All Our Fallen Vetrans

    Why Is The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Guarded 24/7?

    Is it just symbolism? or a very special unknown soldier? As i know all deceased soldiers are...what are the requirements of these guards?

    It is part honor, part symbolism, but more so to just say that we never forget. By keeping a guard there 24/7/365, we are honoring all of those who have fallen and have never been found or identified.

    Some may find this tradition odd or wasteful, but those are the ones who truly do not understand. Believe it or not, there is a profound difference between a soldier who falls on the battlefield and whose body is recovered versus a soldier whose whereabouts are never known. Psychologically it is many times harder for a family to never know just what happened to their loved one because they do not have closure. If they knew their loved one died, they could begin the healing process and begin to move on, but for the families of those whose bodies have never been recovered, that emptiness in their hearts will forever and always remain.


    ELEVEN THOUSAND SOILDERS

    Eleven thousand soldiers lay beneath the dirt and stone,
         all buried on a distant land so far away from home.
       For just a strip of dismal beach they paid a hero's price,
         to save a foreign nation, they all made the sacrifice.

    And now the shores of Normandy are lined with blocks of white:
         Americans who didn't turn from someone else's plight.
    Eleven thousand reasons for the French to take our side,
       but in the moment of our need,they chose to run and hide.
         Chirac said every war means loss,perhaps for France that's true,
             for they've lost every battle since the days of Waterloo.

    Without a soldier worth a *** to be found within the region,
        the French became the only land to need a Foreign Legion.
            You French all say we're arrogant.Well hell, we've earned the right--
                 We saved your sorry nation when you lacked the guts to fight.

    But now you've made a big mistake,and one that you'll regret;
         you took sides with our enemies,and that we won't forget.
            It wasn't just our citizens you spit on when you turned,
                 but every one of yours who fell the day the towers burned.
    You spit upon our soldiers,on our pilots and Marines,
         and now you'll get a little sense of just what payback means.

    So keep your Paris fashions and your wine and your champagne,
         and find some other market that will buy your airplanes.
            And try to find somebody else to wear your French cologne,
                for you're about to find out what it means to stand alone.

    You see, you need us far more than we ever needed you.
         America has better friends who know how to be true.
            I'd rather stand with warriors who have the will and might,
                than huddle in the dark with those whose only flag is white.
    I'll take the Brits, the Aussies,the Israelis and the rest,
         for when it comes to valor we have seen that they're the best.
            We'll count on one another as we face a moment dire,
                while you sit on the sideline with a sign, "friendship for hire."

    We'll win this war without you and we'll total up the cost,
         and take it from your foreign aid,and then you'll feel the loss.
            And when your nation starts to fall,well Frenchie, you can spare us,
                just call the Germans for a hand,they know the way to Paris.

    Please forward to all Americans, so they! will not forget.
    Ed McTighe



    This poem was submitted to World's Largest Poem for Peace
    THERE STILL IS HOPE

    If man could only bring himself to bear
         with cultures and ideas not his own~~

    If we could someow learn to really care
         about the lost among us, sad and lone;

    About the stranger in our midst who came
         to seek a better life, against great odds;

    If we would just try walking in the same
         path as some hungry, homeless one who trods
       the crowded, bustling streets of this great city,
    whom no one sees, nor cares enough to feed
         and shelter for a night, and feels no pity;

    If we could reach out to him in his need~~

    If nations ever come to realize this planet was not made for their sole use!

    If we could tune our ears to hear the cries
         of starving children, victims of abuse
       by masters cruel, of politics and greed;

    To put our differences and petty pride
         behind, and pull together, is the need!

    Work not against each other , but beside.......




    ARLINGTON CEMETERY:
    Everyone who hasn't seen this, should see it...
    ARLINGTON CEMETERY -

    This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance, Very fascinating.

    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?
    21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is
    the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary..

    2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

    21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1
    3. Why are his gloves wet?

    His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

    4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not?
    He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

    5. How often are the guards changed?

    Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
    twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

    6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' an d 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.' Other requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

    There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

    The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery ... A guard must memorize who they are
    and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.
    ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

    In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our
    US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
    evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the
    hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of
    the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, 'No way, Sir!' Soaked to the skin,
    marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding
    the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be
    afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,
    24/7, since 1930.

    God Bless and keep them.
    We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
    IN GOD WE TRUST   



    It's the veteran

    It's the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

    It's the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press

    . It's the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

    It's the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

    It's the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

    It's the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

    Each time we remember how grateful we should be to live in a country as great as America, remember to thank God ... and, thank a Veteran.

     In Memory of All Our Fallen Vetrans


    Why Is The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Guarded 24/7?

    Isit just symbolism? or a very special unknown soldier? As i know alldeceased soldiers are...what are the requirements of these guards?

    It is part honor, part symbolism, but more so to just say that we neverforget. By keeping a guard there 24/7/365, we are honoring all of thosewho have fallen and have never been found or identified.

    Somemay find this tradition odd or wasteful, but those are the ones whotruly do not understand. Believe it or not, there is a profounddifference between a soldier who falls on the battlefield and whosebody is recovered versus a soldier whose whereabouts are never known.Psychologically it is many times harder for a family to never know justwhat happened to their loved one because they do not have closure. Ifthey knew their loved one died, they could begin the healing processand begin to move on, but for the families of those whose bodies havenever been recovered, that emptiness in their hearts will forever and always remain.



    ARLINGTON CEMETERY:
    Everyone who hasn't seen this, should see it...
    ARLINGTON CEMETERY -

    This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance, Very fascinating.

    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?
    21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is
    the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary..

    2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

    21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1
    3. Why are his gloves wet?

    His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

    4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not?
    He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

    5. How often are the guards changed?

    Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
    twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

    6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' an d 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.' Other requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

    There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

    The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery ... A guard must memorize who they are
    and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.
    ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

    In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our
    US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
    evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the
    hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of
    the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, 'No way, Sir!' Soaked to the skin,
    marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding
    the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be
    afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,
    24/7, since 1930.

    God Bless and keep them.
    We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
    IN GOD WE TRUST   

     

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    Wonderful information! Thank you so much for posting this! 

     

    God Bless our military and their families - past, present and future! 

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    God Bless our troops, past, present & in the future!

    "Conversion"

    Look, God, I have never spoken to you...
    But now...I want to say, "How do you do."
    You see, God, they told me you didn't exist...
    And like a fool...I believed all of this.
    Last night from a shell-hole I saw your sky...
    I figured right then, they had told me a lie.
    Had I taken time to see the things you made,
    I'd know they weren't calling a spade a spade.
    I wonder, God, if You'd shake my hand.
    Somehow...I feel that you will understand.
    Funny...I had to come to this hellish place,
    Before I had the time to see your face.
    Well I guess there isn't much more to say.
    But I'm sure glad, God, I met you today.
    I guess the "zero hour" will soon be here.
    But I’m not afraid since I know You're near.
    The signal!...Well, God,...I'll have to go.
    I like you lots...This I want you to know.
    Look, now...this will be a horrible fight...
    Who knows...I may come to your house tonight.
    Though I wasn't friendly with you before
    I wonder, God...if you'd wait at Your door.
    Look...I'm crying! Me!...Shedding tears!
    I wish I'd known You these many years...
    Well, I will have to go now, God...good-bye.
    Strange...Since I met you...I'm not afraid to die...

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  • Re: ~~~~~ In Remembrance & Appreciation of Past and Present Vetrans ~~~~~~

     To all the Military, past & present - "Thank you!!!"

     

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  • Re: ~~~~~ In Remembrance & Appreciation of Past and Present Vetrans ~~~~~~

    Interesting reading.  Thanks for the post.  I'm eternally grateful for those selfless individuals who serve our nation.

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    Thank you to all of our brave men and women.May all of the veterans enjoy the day.Again much thanks and blessings to you all.

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    Lovely, but I need to point out that much of the information about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the requirements of the Old Guard are not true.

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     Ivey has a tight grip on reality and is slowly choking the crap out of it!

     Veteran: -noun; someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable 'To My Country' for an amount "up to and including my life."

    Advice to new nurses: Air goes in and out. Blood goes round and round. Anything else is a bad thing.

     If you enjoy your freedoms, thank a soldier/sailor!

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    Ivey_Queen
    Lovely, but I need to point out that much of the information about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the requirements of the Old Guard are not true.

     

    thank you for pointing out the "untruths" of the information about the tomb of the unknown. I would never knowingly mislead anyone. My apologies for trying to give folks a bit of trivia i thought interesting. I should know by now that everything that is posted is scrutinized for any misinformation or misconduct in this politically correct forum.

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    Thank you for posting this. God bless our military...past and present.

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    Deonia
    I should know by now that everything that is posted is scrutinized for any misinformation or misconduct in this politically correct forum.

     

     

    Sheeesh ........ I thought we all wished fervently for peace !!   "Thought" being the operative word.     Being "politically correct" has nothing to do with it.  The original quotes posted here are full of hate and errors referencing others countries ....  and certainly not condusive to peace.Sad

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