A Tribute To Our Fallen Heroes, Veterans
And Soldiers !!!
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It is the VETERAN , not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us! the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN,
who salutes the Flag.
It is the VETERAN,
who serves under the Flag, and whose coffin is draped by the
flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.
I don't know if you saw this in the news but it really impressed me. Funny, our US Senate/House took 2 days off as they couldn't work because of the expected storm.
On the ABC evening news, it was reported that, because of the dangers from Hurricane Isabelle approaching Washington DC, 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.
We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
God Bless Them All!!!
MORE ON OUR VETERANS
You Might Not Ever Guess
Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 at age 76 , which is odd, because he always looked to be 76. (DOB: 6/27/27 ) His death reminded me of the following story.
Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee
Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery . His marker gives his name, rank
(PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:
I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences.
In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions,
Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor.
If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.
Dialog from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson": His guest was
Lee Marvin Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima ..and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."
"Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up
Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life.
That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, where'd they get you Lee?' Well Bob.. if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!"
Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew. The Sergeant's name is
Bob Keeshan. You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."
On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet.
Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But
Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.
After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.
America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy.
Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened
Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for our freedom. With encouragement they could be the next
Captain Kangaroo or Mr.Rogers.
We proudly salute and honor our Veterans for their service,
bravery and sacrifices, and for the freedom we all enjoy today.
WHAT IS A VETERAN?
You can't tell a veteran just
by looking. He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia
sweating 2 gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't
run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loud-mouth
whose frat-boy behavior is outweighed in the cosmic scales by four hours of
unparalleled bravery near the 38th Parallel in Korea.
She is the nurse who fought
against futility in Da Nang and went to sleep sobbing every night for two
He is the POW who went away
one person and came back another.
He is the white-haired old
guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, aggravatingly slow, who helped
liberate a Nazi death camp.
A Veteran is an ordinary and
extraordinary human being who offered his life's most vital years in the
service of his country. He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the
darkness, and nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of
the finest, greatest nation ever known. We will never be able to repay the
debt of gratitude we owe.
something about one of our greatest veterans. In fact, the most decorated
soldier in the history of the United States! Remembering Audie Murphy - Our Country's
Most Decorated Hero
Audie Leon Murphy, son of poor Texas sharecroppers, rose to national fame as
the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. Among his 33 awards
and decorations was the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military
award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States
of America, for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of
his life above and beyond the call of duty." He also received every
decoration for valor that his country had to offer, some of them more than
once, including 5 decorations by France and Belgium. Credited with either
killing over 240 of the enemy while wounding and capturing many others, he
became a legend within the 3rd Infantry Division. Beginning his service as
an Army Private, Audie quickly rose to the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant,
was given a "battle field" commission as 2nd Lieutenant, was
wounded three times, fought in 9 major campaigns across the European
Theater, and survived the war. During Murphy's 3 years active service as a
combat soldier in World War II, Audie became one of the best fighting combat
soldiers of this or any other century. What Audie accomplished during this
period is most significant and probably will never be repeated by another
soldier, given today's high-tech type of warfare. The U.S. Army has always
declared that there will never be another Audie Murphy. After the war, Audie
became a successful actor, starring in a number of major films, including
"To Hell and Back", the true story of his military career, where
he portrayed himself.
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