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Old 02-23-2011, 12:44 AM   #1
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Military Appreciation Thread

I did a search to see if there was something similar to this, but since I can't find anything I'm going to go ahead and post this. This thread is just to thank all service members, past and present, home or overseas, for everything they do to keep our country safe from harm. I know people that think being a soldier means all you have to do is walk around with a rifle and shoot bad guys, but now that my brother is a little more than halfway through bootcamp at Parris Island to become a Marine I have a much greater sense of appreciation for all the hard work and time they put in to be able to call themselves a soldier. It truly is a lot of hard work and there isn't a single step that is easy along the journey, it's 13 straight weeks of grueling training but I do believe in the end it'll be worth it.

Basically like I said the entire reason for this thread is so I can freely express my true appreciation for everything these guys do for us, and that which we take for granted. As far as I can recollect, I know Angry is a past service member so I hope he reads this as well, and feel free to pass it on to any family or friends that have served as well. It's not much, but I feel like it's the least I can do. I just wanted to get this off my chest in a public forum.

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Old 02-23-2011, 01:55 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting this. Even if it had already been a thread, there can never be enough of these thank-yous to them.

I always wanted to serve like my father, grandfather and great-grandfather (all saw time in major wars), but I have some physical limitations. I've tried to get into a civilian job like in finance or computers, but it's tough. They do the right thing and hire vets from within...they do deserve the positions.

I echo the thanks to all who serve in any capacity. Without you, our lives would be far different and worse off. I'm trying to teach our son this lesson and gratitude to service men. My wife told me that they were in a diner and sat across from an older vet who was wearing a cap denoting his service...she had my son thank him and they had a nice chat. Made me proud. He's only 3, but I want him to know that they're truly the "good guys" (age appropriate/understandable term for him) and we should thank them always.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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As a member of the military it is always an honor to be extended your gratitude. It's tough for veterans and service members to reply to a thread like this because we also value humility. Some may think that my post is a way of asking to be aknowledged, but I couldn't let your thanks to go unanswered.... So thank you for your appreciation.

Thank you, too -to a cranky a** Staff Sergeant
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:03 AM   #4
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Thank you, Buck Skin. I know you were "just doing your job", but it's the most honorable job in the world...one that not everyone can or will do. We really do appreciate it more than you can know from these words on your screen.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:07 AM   #5
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Good thread mooby, I think we all have someone in our family who served and they definitely deserve our appreciation.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:11 AM   #6
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Much thanks to all those who serve.


Last living US WWI vet dies in W. Va. at age 110 - Yahoo! News

He was 16 when he enlisted:


In spring 2007, Buckles told the AP of the trouble he went through to get into the military.

"I went to the state fair up in Wichita, Kansas, and while there, went to the recruiting station for the Marine Corps," he said. "The nice Marine sergeant said I was too young when I gave my age as 18, said I had to be 21."

Buckles returned a week later.
"I went back to the recruiting sergeant, and this time I was 21," he said with a grin. "I passed the inspection ... but he told me I just wasn't heavy enough."

Then he tried the Navy, whose recruiter told Buckles he was flat-footed.
Buckles wouldn't quit. In Oklahoma City, an Army captain demanded a birth certificate.

"I told him birth certificates were not made in Missouri when I was born, that the record was in a family Bible. I said, 'You don't want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?'" Buckles said with a laugh. "He said, 'OK, we'll take you.'"
He enlisted Aug. 14, 1917, serial number 15577.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:45 AM   #7
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Here in the tidewater area we are surrounded by service members and I often take the time to thank them for their service. We also need to remember the wifes and children that get left behind for months at a time. It never gets old watching the news as they show the arrival of a ship and the reunion of families. To see the children's face light up as they see dad/mom for the first time in 6 months (priceless).
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i always thank those who are in uniform. these outstanding men and women let me do my thing every day under the blanket of their security. thanks again and GO USA
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:55 PM   #9
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I did five years in the Coast Guard....I should have stayed in and stayed in Alaska and retired, amazing what my life might have been in if I did that.
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I did five years in the Coast Guard....I should have stayed in and stayed in Alaska and retired, amazing what my life might have been in if I did that.
Ever stationed in Tidewater area?
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Ever stationed in Tidewater area?
Nope, just Kodiak, Adak and Holland, Michigan.
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My dad served two terms in Vietnam, my brother-in-law is currently in the Army is is my brother who has already done six tours in his 15 years in the Army. Yeah maybe it gets overused but it is true, these guys and gals are our TRUE heroes and warriors.
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These guys who served in WWI and WWII were studs. I hope we never ever forget what all they did for the US and the world.
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These guys who served in WWI and WWII were studs. I hope we never ever forget what all they did for the US and the world.
amen to that, what those guys went through and the conditions they dealt with were and are the definition of true heroism and should NEVER be forgotten or taken for granted.

mooby, any idea where your bro is going after camp?
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Last US veteran of WWI dies in W. Va. at age 110 | veteran, wwi, age - Gaston Gazette
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