Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day

[Originally posted 11 November 2004. ~ F.]

Take the time for reflection today. Think about the millions of lives given in defense of this country and the ideals we hold dear. There are many who gave parts of their body and minds and live amongst us, take the time to think about them today too. And think about all of the men and women serving on active duty now, in places all around the world. If you know a vet, take the time to shake his or her hand and say thanks. Vets, past and present, have always been willing to do what most can't or won't, in order to preserve our way of life. Acknowledge that willingness and say a prayer for those who will give their lives in the future.

In Flanders' Fields

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.

Verse and link courtesy of Melanie.


Stolen from AOB in comments because she says it so well:


Dems need to get on the stick and get more money and people working for the VA, for PTSD therapies, head trauma injuries(Randi's caller was also recovering from brain damage)and get these folks some money for mortgages and college. That's the LEAST we should be doing for our veterans. There also needs to be money set aside to get our homeless vets off the street,their numbers are growing and that is NOT acceptable.

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