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  1. Mrs.PatsFanInVa

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    To all the veterans, sung and unsung, who've made it possible for us, as a people, to have the freedom to publicly argue differing points of view both here and elsewhere without fear, without recrimination, without censure.

    May your sacrifice and the sacrifices of your families never be forgotten.

    In Flanders Fields

    Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD

    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.

    ______________________

    Here Dead We Lie

    Alfred Edward Housman

    Here dead we lie
    Because we did not choose
    To live and shame the land
    From which we sprung.

    Life, to be sure,
    Is nothing much to lose,
    But young men think it is,
    And we were young.

    __________________________


    Arlington National Cemetery
    Section 60

    A lone house-key, a melting Twix,
    two Miller Lites, a crucifix.
    A fifth of rum, a pack of Kools,
    report cards from far distant schools.

    Four hard-backed books, a tear-stained poem,
    a cell phone programmed to call home.
    Three dozen letters never read,
    a pillow from a double bed.

    A Barbie doll, three Lego cars,
    Nine lightening bugs in Mason Jars.
    Six polished stones, a strand of beads,
    a planter filled with apple seeds.

    Two coffee cups that catch the rain,
    three Red Sox caps, a plastic train.
    Eight birthday cards, a catcher's mitt,
    a sweater someone's mother knit.

    A thousand pictures creased and torn.
    One wedding veil that won't be worn.
  2. DarrylS

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    As I live amongst older folks, I spend a lot of time with WW II Vets, the more time I spend with them and listen to their stories makes me realize that PDSTD did not just strart in the 60's and has been around forever.

    Like any war, the guys who did not do the grunt work have a much different perspective than those on the front lines..

    Unfortunately this generation never got the service they needed to deal with what they were involved with and what they saw.. my neighbor, to whom I was very close, died recently at age 92... he would talk about the good times and every once in a while would touch on the bad. Two things that always came out was the Battle or Huertgen Forest and how they had to pile up dead frozen GI's in the middle of this battle. Secondly was the liberation of the death camps, and then having to wait on the outskirts of Berlin while Russia entered that city and got their revenge first.

    I love their stories and appreciate their stories.. better than a history book.
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    Best armed forces defending the best nation on earth...

    Thank you!
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