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    Veteran's Day 2009

    To all FORT Vets, active duty and their families:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!

    You run towards the bullets when others run away from them. You served so that we may live free.

    Your service is very much appreciated.

    In memory of my dad, a navy pilot and WWII vet, my FIL a WWII and Korean Vet, my grandfather a WWI Army medic.
    To my wonderful husband who served in the 82nd Airborne, my brother who was Air Force in the Vietnam era and still carries those demons today and to my cousin who is serving today in the Army.

    And to all Vets and active duty. I salute you.
    Que me amat, amet et canem meum
    (Who loves me will love my dog also)

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    Re: Veteran's Day 2009

    <-- seconding that salute.

    Wow, what a lot of honorable vets in your family, MRD. You must be proud.

    My dad was a Navy Frogman during WWII - now they call them Seals. I hope he's taking advantage of the free meal at Applebees or otherwheres today.

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    Re: Veteran's Day 2009

    It's Remembrance Day here in Canada. Everyone wears red poppies to show their thanks. Do they do that in the US?

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    Red poppies... I forget which fraternal group here in the 'States does this, probably the VFW. But they stand on street corners and outside stores giving artificial red poppies in return for donations.

    I didn't know they were a symbol in other countries.

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    Re: Veteran's Day 2009

    Yes. All school children learn this poem, written by a Canadian WWI vet:

    In Flanders Fields
    By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
    Canadian Army

    In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.
    In Flanders Field, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

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    Re: Veteran's Day 2009

    Canadians start wearing them the last week of October, and will continue to wear it throughout the month of November on their lapels, close to their heart. They were first made in 1922 by disabled veterans.




    Thank you, to all who have served, who gave their lives, and those who continue to serve. God bless their friends, and families and we pray for a safe return.

    canuckinchille you beat me to it
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    Thanks for those educating posts, GA and CIC.

    Now that explains the simple but lovely song "In Flanders Field" by the Ohio group Over the Rhine. If you can find a download, it really is a lovely song, with only 2 lines of lyrics.

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    Re: Veteran's Day 2009

    My thanks to all of you who have served, and to all of you who have loved ones that have served and have been apart and kept the home fires burning and the families together. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for MY FREEDOM!
    - The Dean Martin Show -

    Petula Clark: You know they say you can't buy happiness.
    Dean Martin: No but you can pour it..

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    canuckinchile -- I don't know if very many, if any, U.S. schoolkids learn "In Flanders Fields," but my tutoring kids (Korean and Korean-American) learn it from me in their poetry/creative writing section of my curriculum.
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    A special thank you to everyone who has put their lives on the line so that we may all enjoy freedom and message boards!!
    To Thine Own Self Be True

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