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How many people feel strongly about the USA, and what it stands for?  

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  1. 1. How many people feel strongly about the USA, and what it stands for?

    • Yes, a tear
    • Not a tear
    • Don't care

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      Veterans, One and All.... We Salute You

                    WHAT IS A VET ?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service,

a missing limb, an aged 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 or

certain meetings, 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 the 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 away one person and came back

another- or didn't come back AT ALL.

  He is the Quantico drill instructor that 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 others back.

  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 heroes in the Tomb Of The

Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National

Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the

anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with

them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless depths.

  He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket,

palsied now and aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a

Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife

were still alive 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 his 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 the darkness,

and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on

behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

  If only each time we would see someone who served our

country, not just on days we are expected to, we would simply

lean over and say " Thank You ". That's all most people need

and most times, it will mean more than any huge celebration

or medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

  Two little words that mean a lot, " THANK YOU ".

              ( Author Unknown )

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wish u had posted the link...that first one had me in tears the first time...i'll have to wait and see but i think the one ur talking about is the one that my daughter made me watch...we'll see

yep that's the one...another tear jerker...


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