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Old 11-13-2007, 02:11 PM   #16
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Thanks to all our soldiers present & past. My friend brought pictures to share with us of her husband who was killed in Viet Nam in 1969 he was only 19 years old & they had only been married for a year.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:16 PM   #17
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WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE
words and music by Pete Seeger

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

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Old 11-20-2007, 06:22 PM   #18
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You can go to this site sponsored by Xerox and send a thank you card to US troops who are stationed overseas

http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1024.html
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:52 AM   #19
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Thank you all veterans
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:07 AM   #20
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Thank you again.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:06 AM   #21
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Not really relevant to Veterans Day, but next Sunday is when our local USO will be assembling holiday gift packages for troops serving overseas, so I'm volunteering for that. I'm not sure if other local USOs around the country do this at the same time or not. Not as important as the legislative supports BonosSaint mentioned, but it's an opportunity to make some small contribution to morale for troops from your state serving abroad.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:56 AM   #22
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How many living WW1 vets does America have left? In Britain we have 3 aged 108,110 and 112 i think it was. Just curious.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:16 PM   #23
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Only one, a 107-year-old West Virginian who shipped off to Europe at 16 (lied about his age to be allowed in). He was a POW in WWII as well.

In the US, the draft age was 21 until August 1918, which may have something to do with why we've had fewer surviving WWI veterans than other combatant countries for several years now.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:45 PM   #24
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Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.


Three of the remaining 4 British WW1 veterans were at the Cenotaph to lay wreaths with the queen yesterday in London.

BBC NEWS | UK | Poignant ceremony marks Armistice
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:04 PM   #25
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visting Ypres in Belgium was truly life changing. especially for an American. for us, WW1 doesn't have nearly the importance and cultural memory as does WW2 (for obvious reasons). i recommend a trip to everyone. it will give you an appreciation for what the new world of mechanized warfare could do to cities and towns, as well what it could do to human flesh. and the utter insanity of war.

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especially for an American. for us, WW1 doesn't have nearly the importance and cultural memory as does WW2 (for obvious reasons).
I think the US, Russia/USSR, Greece, Romania, Japan and Germany were the only participants in both wars who didn't lose more soldiers in WWI than WWII. I get the impression that in Canada and Australia, WWI is more of a focal point for commemoration than WWII is, and if so, I suppose this is why. But in the American memory, WWI very much lives in the shadow of WWII--the Flanders Fields poem, the poppy as a symbol of remembrance, you almost never see that here.
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Same for Germany.
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Freedom is not free.

Much thanks to all now and to all in the past who have paid the price.

I was not there on D-Day, but I'm thankful to all who were.
Well said!

Thank you to all of those who have and are now serving in our armed forces.
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