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Veterans Day


To all of my brothers, past, present, and future, thank you for your service.



<--- Iron Dwarf salutes you all!


You salute soldiers with that? Don't ask, don't tell I guess. it would be hard to tell with that in your...enough!


x3, thanks to all armed forces for being stronger than all of us


Patton has two of my favorite quotes for today:

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his.


It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.


Excellent quotes.

By the way, Nards, in my previous post, I was referring to my "thumbs-up".

Seriously though, I absolutely meant no disrespect for our folks in uniform.


thanks for defending the beliefs and aspirations of all Americans, whether they believe in them or not... a solider always fulfills his duties...

RIP to all the fallen soldiers... best wishes to those serving currently, in the past, or in the future... thank you for your sacrifice


This was emailed to me by my father who was in the Air Force, pretty powerfull stuff. Petawawa is a base in northern Ontario btw.

When I was a kid we would always travel to Gramps house for the parade in town and I would be so proud of him walking by with his medals on his chest and the way he stood so straight not slouching like he normally was. Holding my fathers hand in the front row was a big deal too because that was the ONLY day he was sappy enough to do it front of other people lol.

All the best to our troops today.

Snack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.

'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that snack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time...

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a snack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.'

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten snacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'
'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class.

'This is your thanks.'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars..

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.
I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich.
God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country.. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'Canada' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

That is Honour, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'


Awesome. Thanks for sharing that, BJB!


Thanks to all who are serving, have served, and died while serving. Your sacrifices are not made in vain.


I want a day off.



Thank you vets, former and current.

Remember to get your free food, I'll be heading to Applebee's.


What a lovely story BJB!


Awesome story... the LA fitness is near an army base and we get a few soldier that come in... i try (although i don't always) to make an effort to shake a soldier's hand and say thanks for the sacrifice...


"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf"

To my friends and family serving or who have served, and the rest of the rough men and women of the US armed forces. Thank You.



Credit to mim and inkaddict for these videos. I loved them and thanks to all the veterans out there. I appreciate the sacrifice you all go through. I an inspired to try harder and work harder in my own life because of you all.


^ this last one brings me tears of joy everytime i watch it.

So thanks guys and gals for your service and sacrifice to this country.


Seriously. I'm in class all day and have two tests... Total BS!


that last video was awesome, thanks for that


Thank you


Take it!

I told 'em "I'm taking Veteran's Day off, I earned it"