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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day



The below was written by Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC:

    "It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given us
    Freedom of the Press.
    It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us
    Freedom of Speech.
    It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the
    Freedom to Demonstrate.
    It's the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the
    Right to a Fair Trial.
    It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and
    whose coffin is draped by the flag,
    Who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag."



There are many things you can do to thank the Veterans. Refer to my 2008 Veterans Day post for links and information. Some organizations ask for monetary donations, others seek physical donations (clothing, food, books, comfort items) and others, such as simply sending a note of thanks to any Solider, cost nothing but a few minutes of your time. Operation Uplink provides free calling cards to Soldiers. Send them a couple of dollars if you can. Send an e-card via Thank You Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Pick at least one thing to do for the Veterans and do it. Please.

God Bless our Veterans, each and every one of them and their families.

©2009

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On Veterans Day I fly to Kentucky to see my son graduate on Thursday from his AIT in the Army National Guard. I will very much be thinking of our Veterans over the next couple of days!
 
You have a very safe trip and congrats to your son's graduation. You all must be so proud of him. God Bless him.
 
God bless the American troops, and the cause of freedom that motivates them.

Only GOd knows what then world would be without the strong, freedom-loving, american troops.

We europeans owe you guys a great deal, notwithstanding the fact that the european union doesn't say it. They are socialists. What did you expect?
Anyway, God bless the troops, and hope you stand strong.
My prayers are with you.
 
Thank you as well Mats. Anyone in any country who is willing to put their life on the line so that others can live free deserve our permanent gratitude and thanks. These are the Soldiers who, like the poem by Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, give us the freedoms and rights that too many sometimes take for granted or fail to recognize how they were obtained.
 
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