Remember all to THANK a Vet and Soldier Today!!

  1. i found this wonderful insight about "what is a veteran" by a proud american named jim quinn.
    what is a vet?

    some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

    others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg- or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

    except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept america safe wear no badge or emblem.

    you can't tell a vet just by looking.

    what is a vet?

    he is a cop on the beat who spent six months in saudi arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

    he is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

    she or he is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in da nang.

    he is the pow who went one person and came back another- or didn't come back at all.

    he is the drill instructor who has never seen combat- but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

    he is the parade-riding legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

    he is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

    he is the three anonymous heros in the tomb of the unknowns , whose presence at the arlington national cemetary must forever preserve the memory of all anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

    he is the old guy bagging at the supermarket- palsied now and aggravatingly slow- who helped liberate a nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that hos wife were stillalive to hold him when the nightmares come.

    he is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being- a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of the country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

    he is a soldier and a savior and a sword against darkness, and he is nithing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

    so remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say thank you. that's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

    two little words that mean a lot, " thank you "

    below is a poem by : father denis edward o'brien usmc

    it's the soldier, not the reporter,
    who gave our freedom to the press.
    it's the soldier, not the poet,
    who gave us our freedom of speech.
    it's the soldier, not the campus organizer,
    who gave us our freedom to demonstrate.
    it's the soldier, who salutes the flag,
    who serves others with respect for the flag,
    and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
    who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

    remember our vets this veterans day!!
    god bless the u.s.a.

    thank you to all the veterans out there and also to all the american soldiers that have been protecting the u s a

    by the way, the word he is used for poetic use only.
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   eventsnyc
    Thank you Stace for the reminder.

    Best wishes,
  4. by   cmggriff
    Thanks. But please try to remember. We did not do it for thanks, or medals or glory. Most of us just did the jobs we had to do. All of us believe that freedom is worth preserving at any cost. We don't ask that anyone thank us, just be ready to welcome us home. And don't ask, because we can't tell you what it was like.
  5. by   debbyed
    You and the others may not have done what you did for the thanks, but you have mine anyway, and always will regardless of what day it is.