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timerover51 November 9th, 2017 03:16 PM

Veteran's Day in the U.S.
On Saturday, November 11th, the US will be celebrating Veteran's Day, to honor those men and women who have served their country that are still living. Many restaurants will be giving free meals to veterans on Saturday and Monday to thank them for their service. As a veteran, I am very glad to see this now, but as a Vietnam-era veteran, I can also remember that period after Vietnam when admitting that you were a veteran could result in much verbal abuse, and at times, physical abuse, being spat on is not a lot of fun. It is great that the country has grown beyond that, but the pain and scars still remain in the Vietnam veterans. If you know a veteran, perhaps a simple phone call or note of thanks would be so greatly appreciated.

Remember, when you put on the uniform, you surrender many of your freedoms to preserve the freedom of all.

aramis November 9th, 2017 06:26 PM

The board staff includes several Veterans, Including Marc (US Army), Cryton (USAF), and a non-qualifying veteran (Me. medical out of US Army in first 180 days), plus others.

Marc, Cryton, and I wish to extend our thanks to ALL veterans who have served their countries in honorable military service.

pendragonman November 9th, 2017 07:44 PM


And I would like to thank my siblings in arms for their service as well.

Spinward Scout November 9th, 2017 07:58 PM

Navy here.

Thank you to everyone one who has served.

And Dale (timerover51)...

Welcome Home.

timerover51 November 9th, 2017 09:45 PM


Originally Posted by Spinward Scout (Post 577053)
Navy here.

Thank you to everyone one who has served.

And Dale (timerover51)...

Welcome Home.

Thank you very much, Kelly.

Gray Lensman November 10th, 2017 09:41 AM

13 1/2 Years in the Army myself and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the others who have served our great nation.


timerover51 November 10th, 2017 04:56 PM


Originally Posted by Gray Lensman (Post 577074)
13 1/2 Years in the Army myself and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the others who have served our great nation.


Thanks for your service in the 7th Cavalry.

BlackBat242 November 11th, 2017 12:36 AM

8 years USMC. Semper Fi!

timerover51 November 11th, 2017 01:19 AM


Originally Posted by BlackBat242 (Post 577123)
8 years USMC. Semper Fi!

A Belated Happy Birthday to your Corps, and thanks for being one.

Xerxeskingofking November 11th, 2017 06:06 AM

"For the Fallen, A poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

The Verse in bold is spoken at services across England, on the Sunday after the 11th November, Remembrance Sunday, just before 11am, in rememberance of the Armistice that ended the Frist World War, which came into effect at 11am, November 11th (the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month"), 1918.

While the date is symbolic of WW1, Remembrance Sunday covers all of Britain's war dead, and we have always welcomed any other nation that wishes to mourn its losses alongside us (joint English-German services were a feature of the British garrison in Germany).

For the record, I'm British army, Royal Corps of Signals, 8 years and counting.

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