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Photo Taken at FOB Grizzly, Iraq. April of 2007

On the 11th Day, on the 11th month it is our privilege to say thank you to those who have served our nation in times of war. Their sacrifice to this country is a debt that can not be repaid.

The Soldier

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

By Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

Please take the time to recognize the Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen to whom the concepts of HONOR, COURAGE, DUTY, and COUNTRY are more then mere words.

Say a prayer for all those who serve, and for those at home waiting for their safe return.

A special thank you to our own Spec. Nick "Bubba" Forney, US Army, Iraq. Come home safe big guy..


Dean "MedicDVG" Goulet
Former SSGt. 1/409th Infanty, US Army Reserves
Now serving as a civilian medical contractor
TF 504th MP BN
FOB Grizzly
Ashraf, Iraq

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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.

- Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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I went to church this morning, and my pastor comes from a huge military background (his father was army, his mother was navy) and he encouraged us remember everyone we know personally who had served. I thought for a little while and after a good 5 minutes of drawing a blank I remembered that I have an uncle who served in the air force for 25 years.

He really made me think about what the cost of freedom really is..

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My grandfather was a Lieutenant paratrooper in World War II and fought on D-Day. I can't even imagine how he could of managed to be dropping out of planes and seeing his own men being shot in mid-air. Luckily he was a survivor and most of his platoon lived. This helped that he was deployed on one of the final days of D-Day. But yeah it was also pretty cool because my mom told me that his platoon number was in the movie "Saving Private Ryan". I've never seen it but I'll have to watch it sometime and see for myself.

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My Great Great Grandfather fought in the Civil War (confederate).
Grandpa was in the Army during Korea
Uncle was Crew Chief for 4 tours during Vietnam. (Air Force)
My dad served for 9 years and is a disabled veteran. (Army)

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My Dad is still active duty Air Force, a PJ, for 25 years.
And I'm in Tech school to become a Sere Specialist (Air Force).
We're the only two military in my family, but I've got two younger brothers, so I've probably started a chain reaction.

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Splat your sig link doesnt do anything..

Anyhow My dad served for a while, and I think his dad did too. I've given it some thought I want to do it too, but I don't know where I would fit college in.
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