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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FYI – Veteran’s Day Restaurant Freebies

FYI – Veteran’s Day Restaurant Freebies – please pass  it along

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE!

Restaurant Freebies

Applebee’s Restaurant – Free dinners to Veterans  throughout Veterans Day November 11th; selections will be from a new Veterans Day menu.

Outback Steakhouse – Free Blooming Onion and beverage.

Golden Corral– Free buffet dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 16 to anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military Staff.

In celebration of Veterans Day 11 Nov  2010, Subway is showing its thanks with free six inch subs to all  Veterans or Active Duty members.

On Nov. 7, McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants will offer a free entree to military veterans for its 12th annual Veteran’s   Appreciation Event. Menu picks include such seafood items as:   parmesan crusted tilapia, roasted cedar plank salmon
and almond crusted rainbow trout. “Our Veterans  Appreciation Event has become a tradition that our restaurants look forward to each year,” said Bill Freeman, CEO of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, in a statement. For more information: www.mccormickandschmicks.com

Krispy Kreme – One free doughnut of any variety.

UNO Chicago Grill– Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value.

Coushatta Casino Resort – The Louisiana casino and resort is offering a Free seven-clans lunch or dinner buffet to veterans or active military.

MarketPlace Grill & Express – Veterans and active-duty military receive free entrees.

Masala Wok – The Northern Virginian restaurant is offering a free entree to Veterans.

Hy-Vee supermarkets – The mid-western supermarket chain is offering a free
breakfast to Veterans.

Abuelo’s Mexican Food Restaurants – All Veterans and active-duty military receive a free entree.

Carolina Burgers & BBQ –  In Matthews, NC is offering a free meal to all service members and Veterans.

Retail Freebies

Brides Across America – Provides free wedding gowns to qualified military brides.

Lowe’s & Home Depot – Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members.

Sam’s Club – Over 25,000 Hugo canes will be given away to U.S. Veterans in need of mobility assistance. Membership is not required, but supplies are limited, so check with your local store.

Amazon.com – Free “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela’s Outdoor Store – Offers their employee discount to all Veterans,
active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel Nov.
11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.

Build-a-Bear Workshop – Members of the armed services including the Army,
Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps,
will receive a 20% discount Nov. 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Dollar General – 10% discount for all Veterans, active-duty military, National Guard and reserve and their immediate families.

Fashion Bug – 20% off all plus-size and Misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID.

Entertainment Freebies

National parks, forests and monuments – Admission is free to everyone on
Veterans Day.

Knott’s Berry Farm – Free park admission to U.S. armed forces personnel and a guest during Veteran’s Month, November 1-26.

Colonial Williamsburg – Free admission Nov. 6-11 for active-duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, Veterans and their dependents.

San Jacinto Museum of History – Free visits to the Observation Deck, theatre, and special exhibit for Veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.

Historic Jamestown – Free admission to veterans, current Armed Forces members and their family members.

Battleship Cove – Free admission and a special ceremony for Veterans, active, duty and reservists.

Vicksburg National Military Park – Free admission for all.

Birmingham Museum of Art – Free admission to the ticketed event “Life and Liberty” on Nov. 10-11 for veterans and active military.

Vulcan Park and Museum– In Birmingham, Alabama is offering discounted
admission through November to the park and museum.

Greenbay (WI) New Zoo – Free admission to Veterans and their families.

Central Florida Zoo – Free admission to the Sanford, Florida zoo with proper ID.

Strategic Air & Space Museum– Free admission for Veterans Nov. 11-14 to the
Ashland, Neb. museum.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – in Oklahoma City offers free admission to Veterans and five guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Natural Elements Spa & Salon – In Chesapeake, Virginia, will provide free services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to both active duty and retired military.

Anytime Offers:

MILITARY DISCOUNTS UPDATE 02: All these businesses offer military discounts; all you have to do is ask:

Restaurants:  Arby’s, A&W, Back Yard Burgers, Burger King, Captain D’s, Chick-Fil-A, Cotton  Patch, Denny’s · Dunkin’ Donuts · Farmers Boy · IHOP (20 percent discount with military    identification) · Java Café · KFC · Long John Silver · Pancho’s Mexican Buffet · Pizza Hut ·Quizno’s · Sizzler · Sonic · Taco Bell · Whataburger

Services

AT&T · California Cryobank · Geico · Jiffy Lube · Meineke · Sears Portrait Studio

Travel and Leisure

Blockbuster · Movie theaters · Ripley’s attractions and museums ·Professional Sports   teams

Products

Apple Computers ·  AutoZone · Barnhill’s · Bass Pro Shop · Bath and Body Works
· Big 10 Tires · The Buckle · Champs Sports · Copeland’s Sports · Dell, ·The Discovery Channel Store · Dress Barn · The Finish Line · Foot Action·Footlocker · Gadzooks · GNC · Goody’s · Great Party· Happy Harry’s ·HomeDepot · Hot Topic ·Jockey · Lerner ·Lowe’s · Michael’s · NAPA Auto Parts · NewYork & Company · Pac Sun · Payless Shoes · Play It Again Sports · PureBeauty · Sally Beauty Supply · Spencer’s Gifts · Suncoast · Timberland Outlets· Wilson’s Leather

Cell Phone Service Discount – All Federal employees are able to
get a 15% discount on their personal cell phones by calling their carrier and
mentioning the Federal  Telecommunications Act of 1996
Discount to Federal Employees Past and Present.” You will need to know the
military member’s supervisor’s name, phone number, and full address, so
that his/her military status can be verified. Use the following contact
numbers:

. Cingular –         800-319-6393

. Sprint –         877-812-1223

. T-Mobile –         866-646-4688

. Nextel –         800-639-6111

. Verizon –         800-865-1825

[Source: VA Frederick Service Office Maryland VSO msg. 26 Apr 2010++]
Whistle Dixie Pilgrim or pull your pistol.

(Thanks Lucy C. President of LI Blue Star Mom’s for passing this on.)

“A Nation’s Strength”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a nation’s pillars high and its foundations strong?

What makes it mighty to defy the foes that round it throng?

It is not gold.  Its kingdoms grand go down in battle shock;

Its shafts are laid on sinking sand, not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword?  Ask the red dust of empires passed away;

the blood has turned their stones to rust, their glory to decay.

And is it pride?  Ah, that bright crown has seemed to nations sweet; but God has struck its luster down in ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make a people great and strong; men who for truth and honor’s sake stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep, who dare while others
fly–they build a nation’s pillars deep and lift them to the sky.


“I fought for you”

Thank you on Veterans Day and everyday.

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http://iwvpa.net/provincecm/

IT IS THE SOLDIER273514267_ba203caa24_m

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.Homeless Veterans

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province

http://www.veteranshield.org/Our_Mission.html

“THE WARRIOR SONG”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTs6a0ORdQU

ARMED FORCES RELIEF TRUST http://www.afrtrust.org/

 

This link will connect you to 10 Lessons learned from a janitor.

http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.php?topic=258367.0

Some veterans/heroes bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain haunted 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 alloy 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/hero just by looking.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 DaNang.

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 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 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 deep.

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.

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”.

A Thankful Thanksgiving

Korean War MemorialThe America we witness today has seen much sacrifice
This sacrifice for many, has meant a total giving of life for liberty
Do all truly realize what the human cost of freedom is
All citizens should understand what has kept us whole

Should it not be the duty of each American to know this
To become familiar with the reasons of why we exist today
The notion that “that’s the way things are” is ludicrous
When a firm explanation is so easily understood

We’ve survived because of faith, determination, and great sacrifice
The backbone of this country is the strength of its good citizens
Each true American is worth more than all the gold found in history
Selfishness does not rule their home, nor does it drive their thought

And don’t just look at our military as a magnificent force
Rather look at each member of our soldiered family with pride
“Ready, willing, and able” have been the finest of each generation
Whether in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or any other place of danger

Whenever an American military presence moves into action
Behold the continuation of an outstanding tradition
Formed through freedom, it bravely faces all adversaries
And the flag under which it stands will always fly in freedom

We are and always will be one nation under God
He is the strength we have turned to time and time again
If we did not have Him, we would have perished long ago
God Bless America is more than a song, it is our national prayer

Finally, I wish each fine American a thankful Thanksgiving Day
May you truly realize what we are, and pray to Almighty God for continuation
Be ever thankful for our Armed Forces, and give them the total support they need
And please pray for all American families who have paid the price for freedom

©2002,2005Roger J. Robicheau

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/thanksgiving/poems-rhymes/a-thankful-thanksgiving.html

Veteran’s Day Tribute

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand. They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife. They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars. Other veterans answered a callWWII Pacific Memorial
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought. We salute each and every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave. So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best. By Joanna Fuchshttp://www.poemsource.com/patriotic-poems.html

Why Do We Honor “Veterans”?

When you see Old Glory waving in a breeze, When you hear the silence amongst the trees,
When you,to sleep, you lay your head ,
Your dreams can be happy, not filled with dread.

When you gaze upon a starlit night
And are not filled with constant fright
Because across the sky a star is streaking
And not a missile or mortar shell is shrieking.

When in your streets car horns are blowing
Instead of fires from bombs are glowing
When the sound of sirens means help is near
Instead “hide until all is clear!”

When a wreath is placed in Pearl Harbor
For those still entombed in the water.
When veterans cry remembering this
And all the friends, forever, they’ll miss.

When no one speaks while at “The Wall”Vietnam Memorial
Where tears come freely to the small and tall.
Know that group of veterans wouldn’t quit,
Even though Americans upon them did spit.

When young ones ask about the flags
Placed gracefully over cemetery tags.
You tell them that veterans answered the call,
To keep us safe, one and all.

When a lump in your throat rises as “Taps” is played,
And a loved one, to rest, is laid.
This veteran’s sacrifice did ensure,
That America’s freedom would endure.

We honor our veterans because for their own reasons, they chose to serve this country.
We honor them because without them, this country wouldn’t be what it is today.
It may not be perfect, but there isn’t a greater place on Earth to live.

Author:
Ezra W. Sides
MMC(SW), USN(Retired)
11/09/05

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eisoitxhvI “Still in Saigon”

Below which is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Viet Nam war with the names, bio’s and other information on our lost comrades.

First click on a state……then when it opens ………scroll down to the city, the names will appear …….
then click on their names ……….it might even show you a picture of the person or at least his bio and awards…………..

http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

(Thanks Pat for sending/sharing that link.)

“Alone”     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDbqLul97Fg

“IT’S NOT ABOUT THE WAR-IT’S ABOUT THE WARRIOR”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ6e4Og97eU

http://www.metrolyrics.com/til-the-last-shots-fired-lyrics-trace-adkins.html

I was there in the winter of ’64
When we camped in the ice
at Nashville’s doors
Three hundred miles our trail had led
We barely had time to bury our dead
When the Yankees charged and the colors fell
Overton hill was a living hell
When we called retreat it was almost dark
I died with a grapeshot in my heart

Say a prayer for peace
For every fallen son
Set my spirit free
Let me lay down my gun
Sweet mother Mary I’m so tired
But I can’t come home ’til
the last shot’s fired

In June of 1944
I waited in the blood of Omaha’s shores
Twenty-one and scared to death
My heart poundin’ in my chest
I almost made the first seawall
When my friends turned and saw me fall
I still smell the smoke, I can taste the mud
As I lay there dying from a loss of blood

Say a prayer for peace
For every fallen son
Set my spirit free
Let me lay down my gun
Sweet mother Mary I’m so tired
But I can’t come home ’til
the last shot’s fired

I’m in the fields of Vietnam,
The mountains of Afghanistan
And I’m still hopin’, waitin’, prayin’
I did not die in vain

Say a prayer for peace
For every fallen son
Set our spirits free
Let us lay down our guns
Sweet mother Mary we’re so tired
But we can’t come home ’til
the last shot’s fired
‘Til the last shot’s fired

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”Gen. Douglas MacArthur

http://thinkexist.com/quotation/the_soldier-above_all_other_people-prays_for/147488.html

Veteran’s Day specials for Veterans and active duty

Pass this along to ANY and ALL Veterans and Active Duty:

Annual HONORING VETERANS Day at 456 Golden Corral locations across  America:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3796

http://www.goldencorral.com/military/ has box to find your closest location, WA has Marysville, Moses Lake and Spokane

Applebees: Free entree (5 to choose from) at participating stores during business hours on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 with active/reserve/retired ID card.
Home Depot and Lowes– 10% off Veteran’s day on purchase.
(from Lois and Jen:)vetsday08-lo

This link will connect you to 10 Lessons learned from a janitor.

http://www.cwoauscg.org/history/history_janitor.htm

Some veterans/heroes bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain haunted 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 alloy 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/hero just by looking.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 DaNang.

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 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 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 deep.

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.

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”.

A Thankful Thanksgiving

The America we witness today has seen much sacrifice
This sacrifice for many, has meant a total giving of life for liberty
Do all truly realize what the human cost of freedom is

All citizens should understand what has kept us whole

Should it not be the duty of each American to know this
To become familiar with the reasons of why we exist today
The notion that “that’s the way things are” is ludicrous
When a firm explanation is so easily understood

We’ve survived because of faith, determination, and great sacrifice
The backbone of this country is the strength of its good citizens
Each true American is worth more than all the gold found in history
Selfishness does not rule their home, nor does it drive their thought

And don’t just look at our military as a magnificent force
Rather look at each member of our soldiered family with pride
“Ready, willing, and able” have been the finest of each generation
Whether in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or any other place of danger

Whenever an American military presence moves into action
Behold the continuation of an outstanding tradition
Formed through freedom, it bravely faces all adversaries
And the flag under which it stands will always fly in freedom

We are and always will be one nation under God
He is the strength we have turned to time and time again

If we did not have Him, we would have perished long ago
God Bless America is more than a song, it is our national prayer

Finally, I wish each fine American a thankful Thanksgiving Day
May you truly realize what we are, and pray to Almighty God for continuation
Be ever thankful for our Armed Forces, and give them the total support they need
And please pray for all American families who have paid the price for freedom

©2002,2005Roger J. Robicheau

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/thanksgiving/poems-rhymes/a-thankful-thanksgiving.html

Veteran’s Day Tribute When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand. They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife. They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars. Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought. We salute each and every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave. So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best. By Joanna Fuchshttp://www.poemsource.com/patriotic-poems.html

Why Do We Honor “Veterans”?

Filed under: Poems, Veterans, support the troops — olotliny @ 12:10 am Edit This

When you see Old Glory waving in a breeze, When you hear the silence amongst the trees,
When you,to sleep, you lay your head ,
Your dreams can be happy, not filled with dread.

When you gaze upon a starlit night
And are not filled with constant fright
Because across the sky a star is streaking
And not a missile or mortar shell is shrieking.

When in your streets car horns are blowing
Instead of fires from bombs are glowing
When the sound of sirens means help is near
Instead “hide until all is clear!”

When a wreath is placed in Pearl Harbor
For those still entombed in the water.
When veterans cry remembering this
And all the friends, forever, they’ll miss.

When no one speaks while at “The Wall”
Where tears come freely to the small and tall.
Know that group of veterans wouldn’t quit,
Even though Americans upon them did spit.

When young ones ask about the flags
Placed gracefully over cemetery tags.
You tell them that veterans answered the call,
To keep us safe, one and all.

When a lump in your throat rises as “Taps” is played,
And a loved one, to rest, is laid.
This veteran’s sacrifice did ensure,
That America’s freedom would endure.

We honor our veterans because for their own reasons, they chose to serve this country.
We honor them because without them, this country wouldn’t be what it is today.
It may not be perfect, but there isn’t a greater place on Earth to live.

Author:
Ezra W. Sides
MMC(SW), USN(Retired)
11/09/05

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