WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL! Memorial day thoughts...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by MsRowdyRedhead, May 24, 2012.

  1. MsRowdyRedhead

    MsRowdyRedhead Cookie maker & sage Staff Member


    All of our other military personnel, where ever they may
    Support all of the troops defending our Country.

    And God
    Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our
    To them, and their sacrifices we can celebrate the 4th of July

    We must never forget who
    Gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be
    Eternally grateful..

    I watched the flag
    Pass by one day,
    It fluttered in the breeze.

    A young Marine
    Saluted it,
    And then he stood at ease..

    I looked at
    Him in uniform
    So young, so tall, so proud,
    With hair cut square
    And eyes alert
    He'd stand out in any crowd.

    I thought how many men
    Like him
    Had fallen through the years.
    How many died on foreign
    How many mothers' tears?

    How many pilots' planes
    Shot down?
    How many died at sea
    How many foxholes were soldiers'
    Graves ?
    No, freedom isn't free

    I heard the sound of Taps
    One night,
    When everything was still,
    I listened to the bugler

    And felt a sudden chill.

    I wondered just how many times

    That Taps had meant 'Amen,'

    When a flag had draped a
    Of a brother or a friend.

    I thought of all the
    Of the mothers and the wives,
    Of fathers, sons and
    With interrupted lives.

    Thought about a graveyard
    At the bottom of the sea

    Of unmarked graves in
    Arlington .
    No, freedom isn't free.

    Enjoy Your Freedom
    &God Bless Our Troops
    Please stop for a moment
    Say a
    Prayer for our servicemen.
    Of all the gifts you could give
    A US Soldier, Prayer is the very best

    In World War II, he whispered, I was wounded by a blast.
    As he began his story, reminiscing of his past.

    I was just a boy back then, I lied about my age.
    To get into the Army, and fight for the USA

    I love this country very much, it's still the very best.
    And I would fight to keep it free, and safe from foreign pest.

    We won that war, and I came home, my wounds had healed enough,
    To reenlist with other men. The Army made us tough.

    Then a little flare up, in Korea called us out.
    A threat against our freedom, spreading fear without a doubt.

    There I caught a bullet, when I tried to save a friend.
    Another wound for Uncle Sam, they sent me home to mend.

    “Soldier have you had enough? my Sergeant said to me.
    “Or do you want another tour, if ever there's to be?

    We would train and fight again, if ever it need be,
    Because we love America, we"ll fight to keep it free.

    It didn"t take too long, before my boys were off again.
    We were shipped off to a war, we thought would never end.

    I didn't understand it much, if it was wrong or right.
    But, I was a US Marine, and my country said, Go fight.

    I never questioned orders, that were sent from up above.
    I did it for America, the country, that I love.

    I fought to keep my country safe, again, in Viet Nam.
    Then, wounded I came home again, a victim of napalm.

    My fighting days were over now, and, I had given all.
    But, some had given more than me, their names are on a wall.

    I am now well up in years, a Marine old and worn.
    I could only sit and pray, as I watched Desert Storm.

    So proud of our boys over there, who stood for what is right.
    Freedom is the battle cry, the reason why they fight.

    Young soldiers fight for liberty, protecting freedom's bliss.
    Old Marines dream of by-gone-days, while fighting loneliness.

    We were heroes in our day, he said, and then he sighed.
    Forgotten in some VA home, and all my friends have died.

    I never ask for anything, just wanted to live free.
    But, if you read this story, there are many just like me.

    Who fought to keep our country, safe and free from every foe.
    Only to come home again, and have no place to go.

    Sadly, when the limelight fails, heroes fade away.
    Some men fight the silent battles, till their dying day.

    Please remember what it took, and what we had to pay.
    And join with us remembering, on this Memorial Day.

    Memorial Day is special, it is not just summer's start.
    The reason that we have this day, should be etched on your heart.

    Lives were lost, and young men died, to keep this country free.
    So, take a moment on that day, to meditate with me.

    Remember all those valiant men, and women who fought for,
    The lifestyle that you now enjoy, because they went to war.

    ”James A. Kisner

  2. DrMadFellow

    DrMadFellow I'm out, come find me elsewhere.

    As an Iraq War Veteran I appreciate your support. Be sure that we all send Marine (our staff member here) a private message telling him how much we appreciate his service, he is currently in the desert again after being called back to service. I know we have other veterans and service members in this forum, and we should always let them know how much we appreciate them doing a job that most people wouldn't do in a million years. (This includes the soldiers in other countries as well! Americans aren't the only one fighting the fight!) :)

    EDIT: I do have one small change to your post though. The best gift you can give a soldier is a thank you, and a cold beer. :p
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  3. PD400

    PD400 Sentient Toaster

    How about a kiss? <3
  4. MsRowdyRedhead

    MsRowdyRedhead Cookie maker & sage Staff Member

    God Bless America -- and Our Veterans!!

    What Is A Veteran?

    A 'Veteran,' whether active duty, discharged, retired,
    or reserve is 'someone who, at one point in his life,
    wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United
    States of America,' for an amount of 'up to and
    including his life.'

    That is honor, and there are way too many people
    in this country today who no longer understand that fact.

    My most heartfelt thanks

  5. MsRowdyRedhead

    MsRowdyRedhead Cookie maker & sage Staff Member

  6. MsRowdyRedhead

    MsRowdyRedhead Cookie maker & sage Staff Member


    The freedoms we enjoy today, no matter what country you are in, were paid for by THEIR sacrifices!!

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