Thank you to all the Veterans, past, present and future (i.e. still in
service), who served our country. In particular I am thankful for a young
Ensign in the Navy Reserves who served in the Pacific during WWII. The
country owes our existence to our veterans.
Anybody who says the young people of today are not dedicated and patriotic
ought to go to a basic training graduation. I attended my sons several
weeks ago at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and I was amazed!! You could not find a
more motivated group of young Americans anywhere. I was so proud of him and
my country! Feelings that I have not had in quite some time.
Here's to ALL the veterans, past and present, living and gone, who sometimes
have a VERY crappy job to do and do not get near enough recognition.
My thanks as well. My father and uncles all served in WWII. One work
colleague recently returned from an extended visit to Afghanistan. I have
incredible respect for the people I've got to know from military
backgrounds. For those on RMR, Trip Barber is probably the best example.
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Impeach the TRA BoD"
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your very welcome!
I invite you to encourage a young man or women to serve. Even a single
term of service is a powerful way to build character, fitness,
self-confidence, leadership and pride
I represent this to my own children (now only 9, 11 and 13), for them to
consider either immediately before or after college
not to mention that my four years were some of the most fun of my life!
USAF Reg, 1972 - 1975
Alex Mericas wrote:
I've bookmarked it, and identified the unit in my area
right nwo all three kids are brown belts in Shotokan, and are working
toward their blacks in the next two years. That takes alot of their
time (four sessions a week, plus my oldest assists in lower classes as
well, so for him it's a total of five sessions a week).
But I'll contact the unit and see what kind of time commitment is required.
thanks for the lead! :o)
David Erbas-White wrote:
AMEN! THANKS TO THEM ALL!
Here in Birmingham we've had a day and a parade dedicated to vets for many,
many years now. I had the day off, so one of my sons and I, took the
opportunity to launch a few, with each flight being dedicated to the members
of our family that have served or are presently serving. We've had a family
member in some branch of the U.S. Armed Forces constantly, since the
revolutionary war. I have been told that in all of that time (over 227
years ) we've only gone 6 years without someone in active duty service and
that was during peace time. Two of our kids will be going back over seas in
January. Are we more special than anyone else? No! We just realize that we
have to do something to preserve the things we love most.
We say a prayer of thanksgiving and protection at every meal and several
other times a day, not just for our kids but for every man and woman or
other familys' member that serves with them. We never forget the sacrifice
that any of them have made or will make. They all deserve our gratitude. As
Americans, we all owe every freedom and blessing we enjoy to those that
spent some portion of their lives or have lost their lives in the service of
our country. I hope someday, people realize it all comes through strength,
Rant on liberals, the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Army (son) and
Marines (daughter) have your back!
I highly recommend it (but I'm somewhat biased). You'll see why I'm
proud if you go here:
Our CAP squadron cadets won the National Color Guard title this year,
and they worked their butts off to do it. They were judged by the White
House honor guard, so those guys know a thing or two. They even thought
we had a 'ringer' (we have a 16-year-old who is very big for his age,
and they thought he must be an active-duty service member 'pretending'
to be a cadet, because he did so well with presentation of arms).
I don't know how other squadrons are, but one additional point (and you
see it within rmr based on the TRA/NAR rants): in every group I've ever
been involved in, be it community service, or AYSO, or PTA, or whatever,
there always seem to be a few blankety-blank jerks that make you want to
pick up and run. In our squadron (and hopefully in others), every
single person I've run into is really committed to making the thing
work, and is putting out extraordinary effort, as a group, to help the
cadets succeed. Now, we have a large squadron, and we ARE based at Camp
Pendleton, so our 'baseline' might be a bit skewed, but I honestly have
never been involved in a group that I'm more convinced about the
integrity of the individuals involved.
Give it a try, I think your kids will love it.
Ismaeel Abdur-Rasheed wrote:
Thanks are welcome. A far cry from my younger years watching Viet
Vets being harassed and harangued. Nice to be wanted again.
However, I also am indebted to the past and current soldiers, sailors
and marines that served and are serving still. Thank you for responding
to the call.
Alex Mericas wrote:
Ditto. And I'm especially thankful for a Pharmacist Mate First Class
who served on an LSMR during the end of WWII in the South Pacific who
got to see, amongst other things, Iwo Jima taken by the Allies up close
NAR 71503 Level II
God Bless our peacekeepers and our veterans
I too am thankful to all of our Veterans, past, present & future, alive
In particular, I'm especially thankful to a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army
Air Corps, a bombardier on an A-26, who was helping soften up Japanese
air defenses to let a certain B-29 reach its target in Nagasaki. They
were told to be at least 100 miles away at the proper time. Even from
that distance, he later told me, he couldn't believe the destructive
force he saw unleashed.
Do I get a prize? Maybe a nice rocket kit?
I would also like to extend my thanks to all of the other vets out
there. Your service is much appreciated.
Vietnam Veteran (CVA 59)
P.S. My daughter says hello. She recently joined the Army.
Unfortunately, she was sent home about half way through boot camp
because they found out that she has a degenerative eye disease (RP)
that may eventually cause night blindness. She was heart broken. She
was also in the Civil Air Patrol until she reached 18 years old.