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November 11, 2007

November 11, 2007 Veteran’s Day
For Love of God and Country

And so, my fellow Americans; ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.  My fellow citizens of the world; ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of mankind. . . John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963
Presidential Inaugural Address Jan. 20, 1961


What is a Vet?

     He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day and making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel. 

    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 who 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 - 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 most cases it will mean more than any medals they could ave been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot, “THANK YOU” 

    “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the solder, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
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

                            Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC