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In memory of all who have served......just a common soldier

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by rdb241, May 27, 2016.

  1. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    For all that have served



     
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  2. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Ten-hut! SA-LUTE!
     
  3. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    To all my fellow Veterans, and all those who have gone on ahead of us, A Stiff heart felt Salute and God bless to all! Rest in eternal peace My Brothers and Sisters, I have this watch now!!!
     
  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I agree completely! Thank you all!

    However, I don't watch anymore!
     
  5. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yes. Thank you.
     
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  6. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    Thankfully, there are many ,many more to keep watch!
     
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  7. 41Slinger

    41Slinger Harrisburg Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    From a American who didn't serve, to all who did, Thank you.
     
  8. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I second that, I didn't serve. But I feel so much pride and respect for those who did.

    I think the greatest injustice in this country is the complete lack of respect and ignorance this starbuck drinking, kardashian watching, fat Americans have for the people who give them and gave them the freedoms to live like disgusting disrespectful pigs they are.

    If your average citizen could spend 5 mins in a tramatic scenario like a lot of our Vets lived in for months this country would be a different place.

    I got really into learning about Vets and war years ago and the only knowledge I have is from books and news articles, and talking to Vets.

    I spoke with a guy a few months ago who was a Vietnam Vet. He told me me a few stories, without too much detail, and his troubles coming home. You could see in his eyes that trauma lived as vivid today as it did 40 years ago.
    My eyes were a little watery just seeing his emotion and what he went through by his fellow Americans.


    Another thing to remember is the staggering thought that 22 Vets commit suicide each day.
    22!
    22 Vets a year would be devastating.

    I'm glad my corporation has made some big awareness for this issue and has pledge to hire a certain number of Vets each year.

    All ai can say is God bless all of you, and if your feeling any thoughts that you can't go on, please reach out to other Vets, please reach out to any one.

    Joelink, what about opening up a forum category for the members who are Vets or current military?
     
  9. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm. Might be going a bit overboard there. Starbucks? :)

    Not that I'm a Starbucks drinker...

    I don't think building the empire (what most vets ended up accomplishing if they are honest about it) has much to do with freedom. We were sold a pig in a poke.

    I did serve, 4 years in the Marine Corps, 1968-72. But I don't have any illusions about it. At least I was never put in the position of killing a man who was defending his country from invasion and occupation; pure dumb luck, that. May be a factor in those suicides you mention.

    When remembering what the vets sacrificed, it's important not to inadvertently be a prop of the same government that unnecessarily put them in harm's way.
     
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  10. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Supporting Vets and defending them has nothing in anyway to do with supporting the govt that sent them to war.
    Supporting your Vets is about supporting men and women who signed up to protect our way of life. Our freedoms. Our safety.
    At that of others who were unable to defend themselves.
    No matter who or why they were sent.
    The soldiers and politicians may have had different wars in mind fighting the same conflict, so I support those who were brave enough to put on a uniform and do an impossible job. A job that many didn't come back from.

    There's two gaurentees you can take away. Politicians will put Americans in danger to serve their agendas, and brave men and women will answer the call of their nation they love so much.
     
  11. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    To those that went before me and to those who have come after:s0067:
     
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  12. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    For those who served and never came back in one way or another , may you have the peace you deserve and have earned.

    Everyday is like Memorial Day for me.
    When I enlisted I bought a POW/MIA bracelet. I have worn it everyday since then. I hope that one day he returns home to his family.
    SFC. Louis Buckley JR. 21MAY66 SVN , You are not forgotten.
    Andy
     
  13. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    Andy, You and I must be distant cousins, I did the Exact same thing when I enlisted! Spfc Joseph Perez 14July67 SVN I will not remove that bracelet until he comes home!
     
  14. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Great Minds huh Ura-Ki ?!
    In addition to serving as a reminder , my bracelet also serves as a teaching tool for my students.
    It seems every year one of them will ask about it.
    We have talked about serving the country , placing of someone or something above ones own needs , the value of keeping a promise , that going to war is not at all like the latest Call of Duty video game etc...
    I'd like to think that SFC Buckley JR. would be okay with that...
    Andy
     
  15. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    Yup, Great minds! I like it when people ask me about my bracelet, I have an opportunity to remind them of those who didn't come home, and to share that our freedom has a cost! That Spfc Perez is not just a name on a band of metal, He was a real person with plans and hopes and dreams that never got to be, That some where in this world, there is a family who still suffers at the loss of one so young, sent to fight in a war that no one wanted!!! His legacy shouldn't be just a name on a Wall or a bracelet, or a white cross in a field with a little Flag!
     
  16. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  18. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I never served, something I do regret, but I come from a line of veterans:

    My father, USN, veteran of Vietnam
    My uncle, USN, veteran of Vietnam
    My grandfather, USN, veteran of WWII, South Pacific
    My great-grandfather, Army, veteran of WWI

    and my wife's father, Army, veteran of Korea

    I was brought up to deeply appreciate the sacrifices, the willingness to say yes to the call, of all of those that have served this country. My deepest respect and admiration go to all who have served.
     
  19. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sobering numbers! We also need to remember those Merchant Seamen who ran supplies through contested waters and gave there lives to help the war efforts and the Woman's aux. that flew planes to the war zones and supplies that were lost in route! Many more then any one knows!
     
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    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
    It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
    It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
    It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
    It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
    It is the Veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
    It is the Veteran, who salutes the Flag,
    It is the Veteran, who serves under the Flag,
    To be buried by the flag,
    So the protester can burn the flag.
     
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