For yesterday, today, tomorrow and always, thank you.


A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including my life.” (Author unknown.)

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Semper Fidelis. Always Faithful. Always. Happy Birthday =)

“The Meaning of Semper Fidelis”  http://oo-rah.com/Store/editorial/edi52.asp

US MARINES “TOYS FOR TOTS”  http://www.toysfortots.org/

Again and again, Broken Promises…don’t let it happen, sign the petition. (from the V.F.W.)

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Dear Friend,

It’s unconscionable!

Our leaders in Congress are actually considering cutting 10 critical benefits that affect our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. VFW is calling it the “10 for 10” plan—cutting 10 benefits to pay for 10 years of war. Read more about it.

We can’t let this happen! VFW needs you to sign this important petition. We’ll let Congress know we have an army of patriots behind us who won’t let them level unjust funding cuts on our defenders and their families!

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America’s debt crisis calls for tough decisions. That’s a given. But there is no way we’ll allow them to make budget cuts on the backs of our veterans.

You can also help by getting your Facebook friendsinvolved! We need every patriot to stand up and be heard!

http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/10-FOR-10–VFW-WON%E2%80%99T-STAND-FOR-BROKEN-PROMISES/

Update..11/17/11..Colbert Nation:  “The Word”… Steven Colbert’s satire is spot on.  Congress demands more sacrfice from our  Veterans, our Service men/women…Spot on…

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/402700/november-17-2011/the-word—the-1-?xrs=share_fb

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/402700/november-17-2011/the-word—the-1-?xrs=share_copy

..as an American on terrorist threats..

“Peace will come when ‘they’ love their children more than they hate us.”  Golda Meir

Praying for peace.

“Pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom”

‎=( … as Ronald Regan said best: “They were not afraid to stand up for their country or, no matter how difficult and slow the journey might be, to give to others that last, best hope of a better future.

We cannot and will not dishonor them now and the sacrifices they’ve made by failing to remain as faithful to the cause of freedom and the pursuit of peace as they have been. 

 I will not ask you to pray for the dead, because they’re safe in God’s loving arms and beyond need of our prayers. I would like to ask you all—wherever you may be in this blessed land—to pray for these wounded young men and to pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom.

God bless you, and God bless America.

http://www.presidentreagan​.info/speeches/lebanon_and​_grenada.cfm

From then, to today..we remember and give thanks

A Tin Can
Sailor

By: MMC Joseph
Early, USN (Ret.)
USS Vammen (DE-644)
USS Gregory (DD-802)
USS Furse
(DD-882)

A tin can sailor
Is a friend, indeed
He’ll come to your
aid
In a time of need

He’ll laugh at your jokes,
Agree with your
lies
And happy being
Just one of the guys.

After some lengthy
Maneuvers at sea
His mind
is focused
On a good liberty

When he first sets foot
On the ship yard
docks
You know where he’s from
By the way he walks.

And he walks quite fast
To his watering
hole
Where he becomes prey
For some one to roll.

If he should get rolled
He shows no
regrets
If they left him change
For some cigarettes

then on the way back
To his ship once more
He
walks funnier
Than he did before

Like all good sailors
After they unwind
Rolls
up his sleeves, and
Gets back to the grind

There’s the heat from steam
And many long
hours
Little fresh water
For taking showers

But he doesn’t mind
Any part of this
He’s a
tin can man
And that’s how it is

When his ship departs
And enters harms way
He
will state with pride
“Just earning my pay.”

And as they proceed
Through the jowls of
hell
He’s pleased with himself
For performing well

When the ship returns
To home port once
more
He takes the credit
For winning the war

Then in later years
In civilian life
He will
settle down
With a lovely wife

While at his bedside
And on bended knee
He
will pray for those
Who were lost at sea

After drifting off
Into a deep dream
He’s
back aboard ship
And cranking up steam

His mind often dwells
On his old
shipmates
Cherishing his years
With those reprobates

At ships reunions
He’s first to arrive
With
his sea stories
The past comes alive

And the bond that formed
While part of the
crew
Becomes stronger still
With their past on review

That same bond they share
No one can
sever
All tin can sailors
Are shipmates forever

http://www.destroyers.org/other%20information/poets%20corner/poem-a%20tin%20can%20sailor-2.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5T0fBcDu5U

 

From the Minute Men in the birth of our country and those who served around the world,  to our service men and women of today, those who have stood to protect and defend our Constitiution, our Country and her people, thank you.

“God Bless the Mothers”