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Veterans, Thank You

Happy Veterans’ day. Thank you for your service and God Bless.

Thank you for your service all!

I got this email from Moms a week ago or so…hopefully it pastes correctly.

Sack of Lunch

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. ’ Chicago - to Great Lakes Base. We’ll be there for

two weeks for special training, and then we’re being deployed to Iraq ’

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack
lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before

we reached Chicago , and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the
time.

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he
planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a

sack lunch.

Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll wait till we get to Chicago
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 sacks, 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, an 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 in Chicago 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 'The United States of America ’ for an amount of ’

up to and including my life.’ That is Honor, and there are way too many

people in This country who no longer understand it.’

By the way to all the vets who may be reading this…

Thank YOU!

again…THANKS GUYS!!!

And yet I feel more served by a McDonalds drive thru window worker than by other people killing other people overseas.

Where is their holiday?


Happy Veterans Day to the soldiers on the board. Your service is much appreciated.

Thank you vets!!

Thank you for your sacrifice to veterans the world over.

How dare you fucking post this you sack of shit! Go into your local VFW and tell one of them this and see what happens to your sorry ass! FUCK YOU!

[quote]LIFTICVSMAXIMVS wrote:
And yet I feel more served by a McDonalds drive thru window worker than by other people killing other people overseas.

Where is their holiday?[/quote]

[quote]LIFTICVSMAXIMVS wrote:
And yet I feel more served by a McDonalds drive thru window worker than by other people killing other people overseas.

Where is their holiday?[/quote]

Couldn’t you have found it within yourself to keep that bullshit to yourself?

The best way I can thank-you all for your services and sacrifices is to enjoy the freedom you have guaranteed me. I do not take for granted that which so many have died to preserve. I think of the wonderful life I have everyday and everyday I live it to the fullest.

I do not live my life selfishly. I live it to show those that made it possible. That life is greatest when it is accompanied with the freedom to express yourself as you wish. You are my heros and I am humbled in your presence.

Know this, I do not honor you today! I honor you everyday!

Just ignore that retarded jack-off and his desperate pleas for attention.

Thanks to all you Veterans.

[quote]LIFTICVSMAXIMVS wrote:
And yet I feel more served by a McDonalds drive thru window worker than by other people killing other people overseas.

Where is their holiday?[/quote]
I don’t support the war either but there are some guys that have some damn good for everyone in the world. The shit they have gone through to keep you safe is unmentionable. Although the modern idea of war is ridiculous and asinine, you still look like a giant dick for saying such irrational shit

[quote]LIFTICVSMAXIMVS wrote:
And yet I feel more served by a McDonalds drive thru window worker than by other people killing other people overseas.

Where is their holiday?[/quote]

Labor Day!

Thank you

I feel pretty silly when people come up and thank me if I’m in uniform but that doesn’t stop me from thanking every miltary veteran/retiree I see walking around.

Thank you.

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The first time I heard these 2 songs I was in the middle of basic training and one of DS’s had a moment of reflection and talked to us while after hearing these songs.

Toby Keith - American Soldier
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyJTIXKI1mA

Toby Keith - Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSWuA-RttGU

[quote]Livticvsmaximvs wrote:
And yet I feel more served by a McDonalds drive thru window worker than by other people killing other people overseas.

Where is their holiday?[/quote]

This is not the appropriate thread for these comments. If your intention is to debate or bring up alternative opinions, you need to start a new thread in the Politics and World Issues forum.

Further off-topic posts in this thread are unnecessary and won’t be permitted.

Thank-You!