November 12, 2007, - 11:41 am

Happy Veterans Day!: We Recognize & Honor You Who Keep Us Free

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: It appears the Veterans poem is from the Good Old Dogs Website. ****
Yes, I know yesterday was the real Veteran’s Day. But since the federal government is celebrating it today, I am, too. This little poem has been making its way around the Internet. I wish I knew the identity of the author (if you, please let me know), so I could give proper credit. It is 100% correct, and I think it encompasses what Veterans’ Day is about.
They say Veterans’ Day is about the living soldiers and Memorial Day is about those who died serving our country. But I think both days should celebrate both, since they give so much so that we can be free and I can continue having this site. (Today, I also recognize my favorite veteran, my late father, who proudly served in the Army, Army National Guard, and Reserves, all during Vietnam.):

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Sgt. Chris Moore Changes the Guard @ The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, Where Soldiers From Both World Wars & the Korean War Are Buried

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,
whose coffin is draped by the Flag.
[For Those Veterans Who’ve Passed On,] ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.
VETERANS KNOW THAT THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE HAS NO EXPIRATION DATE.

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Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke, Jr., Iraq War Vet, Hugs Pearl Harbor Survivor/WWII Vet Houston James (Graunke Lost a Leg, Hand, and Eye Defusing a Bomb in Iraq)

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9 Responses

Thank you to all who have served our nation in times of war and peace.
I stand and salute you.
and
I kneel and pray for you.
May God Bless You.
Signed,
One thankful and proud American

newinnewark on November 12, 2007 at 1:41 pm

There is no greater love than to lay one’s life down for his brother. May God Bless all those, past, present, and future, through whom and through whose sacrifice, all of our freedoms are granted.
Dear Lord, it’s such a simple analysis. The history of it is blatantly documented for over 200 years. Just waht is it that many fringe nutroots do not understand?
I love them, honor them, admire them, and support them for what they do for me and my family.
FreeAmerican (because of them)

FreeAmerican on November 12, 2007 at 2:15 pm

The sad thing is, I seem to be the only 20-something that even knew today was veterans day.

Squirrel3D on November 12, 2007 at 2:22 pm

Hey Squirrel3D,
No offense, but you have your parents and your teachers to thank for that. I’d love to publish your comment on every high school, community college, and university blog just so all our young people will see it and state the same thing. Just remember, all of you “twenty-somethings” out there are our future. If you are called to serve, will you do what your forebears did or will you wilt at the call of duty? It’s just a serious question to ponder with your buds! No matter what the younger generations’ political or culteral beliefs, don’t forget how you got the freedom to HAVE those beliefs. That’s where the real discussion lies!

FreeAmerican on November 12, 2007 at 2:58 pm

This is a partial transcript from Zell Miller’s Speach at the last RNC Convention. The hair on my neck stood up on my neck (due to the magnitude of truth) when I heard him say the following:
Time after time in our history, in the face of great danger, Democrats and Republicans worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter.
But not today.
Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today’s Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.
And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.
Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers.
Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers.
Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from the Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers.
Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.
And, our soldiers don’t just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag.
No one should dare to even think about being the commander in chief of this country if he doesn’t believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.
You can read the complete transcipt here:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/09/01/gop.miller.transcript/index.html
This speach defines why the Dems should never hold power.

RC Flyer on November 12, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Dear Debbie;
Please “Google”; “It is the veteran”.
I am sure that you will find your answer as to who wrote that poem.
Sincerely;
EJO

EJO on November 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm

The Army Officer standing next to the Marine Corporal with saluting with no hand…..
I ain’t got the words.
“….it’s all about the man next to you,
that’s all it is”
Eirc Bana as Delta Sgt
Blackhawk Down

LocalLawman on November 12, 2007 at 11:34 pm

It is the VETERAN…who gave us all of those wonderful, almost uniquely American things. Amazing how it only takes one s***-for-brains-Texan, about 600 congressmen who don’t care we’re alive, and about 300 million apathetic, greedy Americans, to piss it all away.

jeff on November 13, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Oy, these pictures break my heart but also make me proud of our soldiers. God bless them and their families.

AmericanJewess on November 14, 2007 at 4:58 am

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