Happy Veterans Day 2012–
Thank you to all who have served.

Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Thanks to BG for posting this back in 2010:

It Has Always Been The Soldier

It is the soldier,
not the President who gives us democracy.

It is the soldier,
not the Congress who takes care of us.

It is the soldier,
not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.

It is the soldier,
not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.

It is the soldier,
not the campus [community] 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,
that allows the protester to burn the flag.

~ Father Dennis O’Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain



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  1. May God bless all our veterans. May the govt. allow them to vote in the future. Thanx, Barry, for their disenfranchisement. We owe the vets more than we can ever repay.

  2. It is a lovely poem and I know what the good Father was trying to impart. However, we get our unalienable rights from God. Our warriors, through their blood and sacrifice, are the standard bearers. The heroes who put it all on the line to keep our Flag flying over this Republic.

  3. It’s all been said before:


  4. As a Patriot Guard Rider, standing for those who stood for us, there are few mor meaningful days than this ; Veterans Day.

    Riding in memory of my father, Tech 4 Roy Solomon, US Army, 63rd Combat Engineers, WWII, Europe.

    In memory of my grandfather, Cpl. Samuel Lasner, US Army, WWI.

    In memory of my uncle, Col. Edwin J. Lasner, US Army, Viet Nam.


    In memory of Brian A. Terry, US Marine Corps, US Border Patrol.

    God bless them and all veterans of The United States.

    — — — —

    Now, I have a question and yes, I’m very serious.

    Will this be the last Veterans Day Americans are allowed to honor and celebrate in it’s current context ?

  5. ++

    “Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as
    they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless
    acts they perform for us in our time of need. Please place a
    hedge of protection around each and everyone. I ask this in
    the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.”

    Thank You..


  6. God Bless Our Veterans…God has truly Blessed us with such Valiant Warriors…they face daily nightmares and yet continue to march forward…they are great examples of love and sacrifice!

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

  7. ++

    Thanks to BG for sending this in back in 2010

    Thank You and You’re Welcome GP.. :-)

    and no biggie, but believe it was way before then..


  8. Thank you

    Bt3 Richard “Bags” Sanders
    MM3 Thomas Siuda


    Thanks Dad

  9. LONG LIST of business offering Free Meals and much much more to our Vets today and tomorrow…

  10. Excellant post. Thank you veterans for all you’ve done for us.

  11. Stella. Kipling’s “Tommy”….timeless.

  12. The Veteran

    For every hero on the stage
    On parade or in the grave
    With medals pinned and glory flags unfurled

    The humble serviceman by scores
    Packs the caissons, Guards the doors
    Sails sea and sky across the troubled world

    Comrades in arms who heard the call
    And stepped across that line for all
    Knowing well that fate might call their name

    They crossed that sword mark in the dust
    For freedoms sake and God they trust
    And did it not for fortunes gold or fame

    So on Remembrance Day give thanks
    To veterans past and current ranks
    And Praise Eternal God that they were there

    Oh quiet heroes, every one
    Without your hand, naught would be won
    Pray our acclaim, the purest badge you wear

  13. All Veterans have a story to tell. When you have an opportunity to sit down and listen to them, please do.

    We value their service and welcome them with open arms and hearts.

    God Bless and May God Keep Us Safe.

  14. A few years ago my cousin, a Nebraska historian, showed me a building which yet stands today. It was a one room schoolhouse back in its time. He explained to me how our common great grandfather had ridden up to the schoolhouse, some ninety four years ago, on horseback to announce to the children: “Its over, those silly Europeans have finally sorted things out”. Sadly, it was far from over. It had, in fact, only just begun. But who could have guessed, then, that an obscure Austrian corporal would ignite the world just two decades later, and the long conflicts which would come after.
    The fight goes on still. The world is utterly re arranged but the game remains the same.

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