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Thank you for your service

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Honoring Our Veterans

This is the solemn remembrance of all who serve or have served in defense of this country. It was first called Armistice Day and was designated so because the First World War ended on 11/11/18. The Armistice was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. No, I didn’t Google it, I already knew it. I am among the fortunate who were educated back when teachers taught and classrooms weren’t incubators for mind-numbed robots.

This is the day we honor our warriors, like Grunt’s son and Chrissy’s warrior princesses. I would like to recognize anyone who lurks here that has family serving. You have our undying gratitude for your strength, your courage, and your devotion to your country. I have always maintained that the left hates the military because they cannot comprehend a sense of duty and loyalty to something so precious people are willing to risk life and limb to preserve it. It’s called “guts.” They don’t understand it and never will.

Happy Birthday To The United States Marine Corps… 241 Years Of Proud Service
This is a tribute to the original gang of badasses

A message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps: Each year on or around 10 November, Marines gather in groups large and small to celebrate our history, honor the memory of those who have gone before us, and rekindle the bond that unites all generations of Marines. Marines, we are part of something bigger than any of us could imagine. Whether you fought in the battles of World War I, in the Pacific during World War II, in Korea or Vietnam, in Desert Shield or Desert Storm, or in the streets of Iraq and Afghanistan—or you are just starting out on your Marine Corps journey—we are all part of an elite family of warriors. For the rest of your life, the first term people use to describe you will be “Marine.”

This Veterans Day, start fixing the Veterans Administration
Just in time for Veterans Day, when we honor those who served their country in uniform, the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs has unearthed another scandal.

This time, it’s that scheduling staff at a clinic in southern Arizona systematically zeroed out patient wait times for thousands of appointments to make it look like goals were being met.
Veterans Day would be a hollow and meaningless celebration if America didn’t value its veterans enough to keep its promises to them, no matter how many politicians or bureaucrats have to be thrown out to make this happen.

As I was typing this it occurred to me. This is the 241st birthday of the Marines. What better gift could we have given them than a commander-in-chief they can be proud of? Someone who appreciates their sacrifice and would not betray them the way the last one did. It is hard to imagine what it was like to obey the commands of someone who has little but contempt for you and what you do. May Almighty God keep you in His arms.



That’s all I have to say about that.

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This is the day first designated on November 11, 1918 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of The Great War. It was a day that all Americans came together to honor those who served so selflessly and the many who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I remember as a child going to the parades, seeing men and women marching down Jefferson Street, flags waving, veterans in the crowd in their old uniforms saluting, it was a source of great pride. Now the day seems relegated to selling electronics and bedsheets and free meals for veterans.

The men in my family all served at one time or another. I was drafted in 1969, but was rejected because I had asthma. I knew an awful lot of classmates who went, and some never made it home. Unless you are a blue star family, like our own Chrissy, you can’t possibly know what it’s like to have a loved one so far away, trusting in God to keep them in His care but never really knowing until they’re home safely.

I think I have figured out why most military personnel are conservatives and not democrats. It’s really pretty simple. To volunteer to serve your country out of a sense of duty, of paying back the nation which blessed you with so much takes having faith in something much higher than yourself.
The left will never understand it. I cannot think of a single ideal they hold that they would actually pick up a weapon and defend with their very lives. Abortion? $15 minimum wage? Free phones? Food stamps? Illegal immigration?
I hardly think so. People tend to dislike or mistrust anything they don’t understand. That’s why they despise the military and do everything in their power to undermine it, from cutting their pay to denying veterans the right to the competent health care that they’ve earned. More and more good people are leaving the military rather than be commanded by someone who has never hidden is animosity toward the very men and women who have taken an oath. He took an oath, too, but to him it’s all a joke. Why put yourself in harm’s way for a man who regards your life as less than nothing.
It is fortunate that when the time came to defeat Fascism, Naziism, and Imperialism,the entire country came together. I fear it could never happen again. Fortunately we will never be attacked by any recognizable country since we have the nuclear capability to wipe them out if needs must. That in no way lessens the risk of an attack from within by a terrorist with a small nuclear device. Our president seems bent on giving our enemies all the tools to destroy us.
People get things easily or for free. Without any sacrifice there can be no appreciation of how precious your freedom is. The media and the left have lost every war since Korea by undermining the efforts of those on the front lines. I went to college with the maggot-infested hippie protesters and the ex-GIs who had come back and were getting an education. They could not have been more different, as you can well imagine. If there were ever a fight, I can tell you who I’d side with.
I’ve put together just a few things as my way of thanking all the warriors who have protected my freedom to write and think and do as I wish.

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.


Happy Veterans Day Prayers Of The Faithful

Veterans fire a volley prior to the playing of taps at the Waukesha Allied Veterans Council Veterans Day program at Veterans Park in downtown Waukesha Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Veterans fire a volley prior to the playing of taps at the Waukesha Allied Veterans Council Veterans Day program at Veterans Park in downtown Waukesha Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.






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Much is written on this day about remembering and honoring those who are wearing or have worn the uniform by people much smarter and more gifted than I. My feeling is that we should honor those with the sense of devotion to duty that defend our freedoms every day. 99% of us will never have to endure the hardships and privations they do and for that we should be humble and grateful.

I had to do a separate post for this solemn commemoration.I could not sully their service by including it with the dreck I post from the cesspool of politics every day.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day: Let’s thank our veterans by standing with their families

Over the past several years, over 2 million veterans from the post-9/11 generation have returned to civilian life and our communities. Many faced the immense stress of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Our nation owes them enormous gratitude, which we must demonstrate in far more than words or symbols. Our veterans deserve the opportunity for personal and professional success long after their military service.






Happy Veteran’s Day: Sacrifice and Courage in Our Veterans’ Own Words
Every November 11, Americans observe Veterans Day by honoring the sacrifices and courage of the U.S. Armed Forces.

For veterans themselves, this day takes on an even more special significance.

On October 28 and 29, Washington Free Beacon outreach coordinator Rae-Lynn Ziegler spoke to veterans of foreign wars visiting Washington on Honor Flights, asking for their reflections on the day, how their military service has affected their lives and the legacy they hope to leave for future generations.

Free Meals and Deals to Vets, Military on Veterans Day: The List
We patronize some of these businesses;we will do business with more.
Dozens of businesses are offering free services and reduced prices to veterans on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, and, in some cases, beyond. Some require a military ID. The list is not comprehensive.

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The Great War & Armistice Day

Though the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, November 11 remained in the public imagination as the date that marked the end of the Great War. In November 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The day’s observation included parades and public gatherings, as well as a brief pause in business activities at 11 a.m. On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Congress had declared the day a legal federal holiday in honor of all those who participated in the war. On the same day, unidentified soldiers were laid to rest at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.


Why pronouns matter on Veterans Day
We can agree to disagree about why, when, where and how to use the U.S. military.

But we all should agree about the fundamental flaw of this sentence: “We should fight the Islamic State.”

How about they?

How about remembering that on this Veterans Day or any other day, when we send them into harm’s way, they are the Americans at fatal risk.

That’s “they” as in the brave men and women of our Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard, and yes, our National Guard.







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I would be remiss if I did not add my totally inadequate tribute to those who preserved our way of life by defending us from foreign tyranny in two world wars. I am heartbroken when I think of all the pain and hardship those who came before endured  to keep us free and strong only to have her weakened and debased by liars and thieves that turned away from God and seek to diminish us for their own personal power. This thread is not about politics. It is about those who displayed unmatchable valor against impossible odds and prevailed.

In April, 3 of the last 4 surviving members of the famous 1942 raid on Tokyo led by James J. Doolittle met for the last time on the 71st anniversary of their infamous raid. It was about 6 months after Pearl Harbor and the nation was hungry for some positive news. The raid itself didn’t do a lot of physical damage,but the emotional blow to the Japanese and the morale boost to Americans was incalculable.

There are 80 engraved silver goblets,each engraved twice. At each reunion,the living drank a toast while the deceased had their goblets displayed upside down.The final toast was from a bottle of vintage 1896 cgnac that was given to them by their late commander Doolittle.

The curtain is coming down on a breed of hero we’ll never see again.600x357


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Veterans: Thank you for your service

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November 11th is Veterans Day

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