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    Happy Veteran's Day

    And happy Marine Corps Birthday yesterday! Semper fi. And a huge thank you to my fellow veterans and those currently serving and the families.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    And happy Marine Corps Birthday yesterday! Semper fi. And a huge thank you to my fellow veterans and those currently serving and the families.
    On behalf of DH, thank you, happystuff. DH served in the Marines in the 70s. I think most people who know him would be surprised to hear that--he was a party animal and theatre geek, completely self-absorbed and apolitical when he wandered impulsively into a recruiting station in Westchester County. He had a bad feeling about the way his life was going. In fact, because of a wound on his forehead that was fresh from a bar fight, the recruiter asked, before signing him up, "Are you in trouble with the law, son?"

    His mother--a widow with a 7 year old at the time--was completely blindsided by this and very, very unhappy. But he still followed those footprints to Parris Island. He said it was the hardest thing he did--but also the best. He's proud of being a Marine and always will be, and he should be.

    Yes--a big thank you to all of you who have served.
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    My ex was in Vietnam as a marine. I was in the 4th grade)

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    I do thank the veterans.

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    I got some free stuff yesterday for having served. That impressed my little girl.

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    Everyone Sang

    Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
    And I was filled with such delight
    As prisoned birds must feel in freedom,
    Winging wildly across the white
    Orchards and dark-green fields; on -- on -- and out of sight.

    Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;
    And beauty came like the setting sun:
    My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
    Drifted away … O, but Everyone
    Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

    -- Siegfried Sassoon

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    I remember my dad would get so upset that I got Veterans Day off (working at a bank) while he had to work even though he was a veteran!
    "Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart is also." Jesus

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    I was thinking on Veterans Day with all the media attention, how lonely it must be to be a Quaker or other pacifist.

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    Iím a Mennonite pacifist by history. I never felt lonely. I just enjoyed the day off.

    Now Iím a pragmatic agnostic. So on this holiday, I thought about the pros and cons of our modern world, grateful for a free country paid for by others, but equally horrified by the amount of bloodshed between humans in the last few thousand years.

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