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  • The biggest temptation is to settle for too little. ~Thomas Merton~

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    • The biggest temptation is to settle for too little. ~Thomas Merton~

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      • For those Serving..

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          • Thank you to all who have served and still are serving.

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            • Originally posted by JessicaB7282 View Post
              Thank you to all who have served and still are serving.
              On their behalf, no problem.

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              • I was at work on Monday and about six servicemen walked in, in full dress uniform. They were asking about happy hour specials. One gentleman got the cheapest well gin and another pointed to the banner on the wall that said "$5.99 Domestic Pitchers on Mondays." I went to put it in the computer and it was still at the regular price. I asked my manager if we could give them the Happy Hour price. (Beer Happy Hour didn't start until the football game started at 8:00pm and it was 5:00pm).

                He said,"WHY?"
                I said, "because it's a nice thing to do."
                He replied, "Fuck em! They put their pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else."

                The day before Veteran's Day my boss wouldn't knock 3 bucks off a pitcher of Bud Light for 6 servicemen in full dress. I was aghast at the tonality of his response.

                I said, "Then I'm buying them one."
                He said, "WHY?"
                I said, "because it's a nice thing to do."

                I walked up to the gents with the pitcher of beer and poured everyone a glass and said, "this one's on me fellas." They were very gracious.

                Thank goodness it was at the end of my shift because I almost lost it on that tool of a manager.

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                • Originally posted by UkrainianGuy

                  Hockey Night in Canada-
                  Don Cherry Salutes Canadian Soldiers

                  Every station should have done this

                  I might think that he's an idiot a lot of the time but I would never argue his patriotism or his support for our troops. For that reason I do respect him and that was one of the best things that he does do every year. A lot of kids watch him and hopefully a few will pick up what he is saying. These days a lot of people are getting desensitized to all of this and forget that these people have sacrificed their lives for others.
                  The biggest temptation is to settle for too little. ~Thomas Merton~

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                    • This is a must read. It brings home the meaning of freedom.

                      A Different Christmas Poem
                      The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
                      I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
                      My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
                      My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.



                      Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
                      Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
                      The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
                      Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.



                      My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
                      Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
                      In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
                      So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

                      The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
                      But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
                      Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
                      then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.



                      My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
                      And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
                      Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
                      A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

                      A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
                      Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
                      Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
                      Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.



                      'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
                      'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
                      Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
                      You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'

                      For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
                      Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
                      To the window that danced with a warm fire's light,
                      Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,

                      Im out here by choice. I'm here every night.'



                      'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
                      That separates you from the darkest of times.
                      No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
                      I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.



                      My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
                      He sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
                      My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
                      And now it is my turn and so, here I am.



                      I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
                      But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

                      Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
                      The red, white, and blue.. an American flag.
                      I can live through the cold and the being alone,
                      Away from my family, my house and my home



                      I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
                      I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
                      I can carry the weight of killing another,
                      Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..



                      Who stand at the front against any and all,
                      To ensure fo all time that this flag will not fall.'
                      'So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
                      Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'



                      'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
                      'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
                      It seems all too little for all that you've done,
                      For being away from your wife and your son.'



                      In his eyes welled a tear that held no regret,
                      'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
                      To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
                      To stand your own watch, no matter how long.



                      For when we come home, either standng or dead,
                      To know you remember we fought and we bled.
                      Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
                      That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'
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                      • Great post UK. To everyone serving that won't be able to spend the holidays with their family thank you for what you are doing! It isn't going unnoticed!
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                        • CHRISTMAS AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY

                          I wonder why the press hasn't enlightened the public about it??

                          Arlington National Cemetery


                          Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
                          Know the line has held, your job is done.
                          Rest easy, sleep well.
                          Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
                          Peace, peace, and farewell...


                          Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington,Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
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                            • I love this country. OUTSTANDING video.

                              Makes me wanna put the uniform back on.

                              Maybe I will.
                              Lessons not learned in blood are soon forgotten

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                              • Pentagon Reverses Coffin Photo Ban

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