Veterans Day

Veterans Day

by Beto Ochoa



For every hero on the stage

On parade or in the grave

With medals pinned and glory flags unfurled



The humble serviceman by scores

Packs the caissons, Guards the doors

Sails sea and sky across the troubled world



Comrades in arms they share the call

Who stepped across that line for all

Knowing well that fate might call their name



They crossed that sword mark in the dust

For freedoms sake and God they trust

And did it not for fortunes gold or fame



So on Remembrance Day give thanks

To veterans past and current ranks

And Praise Eternal God that they were there



Oh quiet heroes, every one

Without your hand, naught would be won

Pray our acclaim, the purest badge you wear

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Operation Iron Hammer

The U.S. military says a major joint operation with Iraqi forces has captured more than 200 suspected terrorists in four provinces of northern Iraq.

It says Operation Iron Hammer, which was launched last week, has made significant progress against al-Qaida in Iraq. The U.S. military said Sunday security forces have captured three high value al-Qaida operatives and seized several large weapons caches.


Bad news for the democrats.

Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/11/2007 7:18:32 PM

Gonna shoot you right down.

/right off of you feet

Comment posted by Swampwoman
at 11/11/2007 3:48:42 PM

It is only bad news for the Dems if it is reported. According to Hillary et al, the US Armed Forces are losing.

Brave New World?


PARENTS of sick children in Britain will be allowed to use IVF to create “spare-part babies” under controversial laws published yesterday.

The legislation will dramatically relax rules on IVF clinics creating “saviour siblings” who can help cure their older brothers and sisters of medical conditions such as leukemia.

Experts said that one day they could create a “designer baby” with kidneys perfectly compatible with a sibling suffering renal failure.

More immediately, saviour siblings could give umbilical cord blood or bone marrow to family members in the hope of treating conditions such as sickle cell anaemia.

The Government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will be debated in British Parliament and is expected to become law in 2009.

This is happening across the pond, but in light of the recent stem cell debate in this country, the issue of “sanctity of life” cannot be ignored any longer. Although it hasn’t gotten much play in the States, a quick search of the term “saviour siblings” reveals a trove of articles and position papers on both sides of the scientific and ethical divide.

I think it is interesting to see how the press frames the issue in the headline….

“Parents win right to grow babies for ’spare parts’”

Similar in tone and fervor to the pro-abortion argument, proponents attempt to frame the issue in terms of parental “rights”, and that cloned humanity is not humanity at all, but rather “spare parts.” In their ‘Brave New World,’ cloned humanity becomes a lesser race of life, a new species, in fact, no different than laboratory rats or research monkeys. Except, in this case, there is no PETA to protest the enslavement of this new lesser race of humanity.

This is truly an abomination. It is revolting. It must not stand.

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Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/11/2007 7:14:02 PM

Well, when so many are convinced there is no God, then they believe it is their duty to fill the void, and play the role.
Sick bastids!

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Comment posted by Swampwoman
at 11/11/2007 3:40:32 PM

Slippery slope. Once you make fetuses disposable waste material, where does it end? Involuntary organ donors–why not? And if you can conceive babies genetically tailored for donor material for existing children, how long until they’ll be required to donate to an ailing parent?

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To All Of Our Veterans…THANK YOU!!

On this day, our nation draws attention to the veterans of our Armed Forces, young and old. Some of us don’t need a special day, to give thanks for all that they have done for our great nation, while others do.
Most people don’t know the history of Veterans Day, it’s origins and it’s meaning, so I thought I would, for any that don’t know or are interested, highlight the significance of this day of remembrance.

“A Soldier Known But to God”
In 1921, an American Soldier-his name “known but to God” was buried on a Virginia hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington. The Arlington National Cemetery burial site of this unknown Wold War I soldier became the personification of dignity and reverence for America’s veterans.
Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France where an “unknown soldier” was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe).
These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I hostilities at 11a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11month). The day became known as “Armistice Day.”
Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action.
If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was “The War to end all wars,” November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But shortly after the holiday was proclaimed, World War II broke out in Europe and shattered the dream. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred and six thousand died. The families and friends of these dead longed for a way to honor their memory.

“To Honor veterans of All Wars”
An answer to the dilemma of how to pay tribute to those who had served in limits latest great war came in a proposal made by Representative Edwin K. Rees of Kansas: Change Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and make this an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars.
President Eisenhower, in 1954, signed the bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day, and he called for Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.
On May 30, 1958, two more unidentified American war dead were brought to Arlington Cemetery from overseas and interred in the plaza beside their Comrade of World War I. One was killed in World War II, the other in Korea. A law passed in 1973 provided for the interment of an unknown American who lost his life in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era. For several years no qualifying remains were discovered so a memorial plaque was placed in the Amphitheater’s Memorial Display Room. On Memorial Day 1984, however, the Unknown Serviceman from that conflict was placed “In Honored Glory” Alongside his fellow countrymen.
To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, The 3d United States Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.

There you have the history and significance of our nations Veterans Day. For those of us who have served, and for those who have had family or friends serve, this day may have greater, and more personal, significance for you. I know it does for me.
As a young man, I saw and experienced things, that I would otherwise not have been exposed to, and I doubt I would be as appreciative of our veterans today, had I not, eventhough many of the things I saw and experienced were things I wish I hadn’t. It’s because I can never fully explain my experiences and feelings to others, is why vets have a gentle and quiet understanding of each other. While our experiences may not have been shared, the loss of innocence, and in some cases, the loss of our buds, have impacted our lives in a way that no other endeavor could.
I am reminded of the story of my friends Uncle Ricardo by War Chick, and a passage from her story:

This is a most glorious testament to manhood and the warrior spirit… that they bear this arduous burden with quiet dignity so those they love won’t have to. The beauty of this selfless act leaves me in awe. I have long understood the willingness to die for a friend… after all, that is the epitome of what Christ did, and for which we mortals strive. He died that we might live. But those who must live with the memories not only of dead friends but butchered enemies are the closest we, as weak, wretched beings born into this veil of tears, can ever come to knowing what Christ bore. The memories of war are the price that the good man pays; it is out of his deep love for others that he spares them this particular agony. It is perhaps summed up best this way: Upon these two laws doth every commandment hinge-that we love God, and that we love each other. There is no better example on earth of this unconditional love than the American soldier. They would die for their friends, true, but even more heart-breaking and remarkable about such men is that they also live with what they’ve had to do.

I, and the many veterans I know, are all proud to have served this great nation and it’s people. This is the one day we, as a nation, take the opportunity to recognize their sacrifices and service. However you chose to do so, by attending a local National Cemetery service, lighting a candle for them at church, or calling up a vet you know, just to let them know you are thinking of them, and their invaluable service for this nation’s freedoms and liberty, your effort will be no small thing.

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Comment posted by Robert_D
at 11/11/2007 7:49:56 PM

Nice job n2l, and Thank You.
Thank You too Swamps.

And Thank You to all who have served.

Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/11/2007 6:59:33 PM

That’s just the way our Swampie do, always with the quick wit, irrespective of the uptake speed of her audience. I only pulled KP twice, in basic, never got a demerit for anything, got written up a couple of times because of personality conflicts, but got more commendations than disciplines. Part of my success at avoiding shiite details, was that I had learned long before enlisting, how to survive in a bureaucracy….get something damning on your superiors and let them know you have it, and are saving it for a rainy day, it all depended on them.

And…thank you for your service, Swamps.

Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/11/2007 6:52:56 PM

Robbie, thanks for dropping by, dude.
I hope you and your bride had a blessed day.

Comment posted by Nuke
at 11/11/2007 6:50:35 PM

Thank you for your service, Swamps.

Comment posted by Swampwoman
at 11/11/2007 5:44:36 PM

Hey, I for one enjoyed every minute of it! Except for the punishment pushups part. And the punishment KP part. And the punishment extra duty part. And the scrubbing the stairs down with a toothbrush part as some people in the Army do not have a sense of humor (see the aforementioned punishment part). And the vomiting drunks in the patrol car part. And the people shooting their old lady/man part. And the directing traffic in the snow in a skirted Class A uniform and nylons part….

Ah, well, it was still mostly fun because I was young and the world was a wonderful place. Except for some senior NCOs, officers, and civilians.

Comment posted by Robbie
at 11/11/2007 5:35:19 PM

n2L — thanks much for your service to our great nation.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your day.

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Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/11/2007 10:36:22 AM

You’re very welcome.

Comment posted by Nuke
at 11/11/2007 10:28:35 AM

Well done n2l.
Thank you so much for your service to our country.
And to all of our readers who served….thank you.


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