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#1 Sat, May 23, 2009 8:36 am

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Memorial Day

Just wanted to say thanks first to those on my team that have served this country in the military. Thanks to those who have served in the past and to those of ESAW who are still currently sacrificing for us. God bless you and your families!
The same goes for those pubbers who have found a home in our servers.
Thank you for the service you are doing or have done.
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#2 Sat, May 23, 2009 8:38 am

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8) You stole my thunder there Rogue, but well put....
I agree with every word...
Thank a VET, they deserve it!!

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Re: Memorial Day

thanks guys---to me  it means so much to be thanked on days like today----alot of time we veterans are forgotten---and its the folks like you all that make me proud...   brought tears to my eye Rogue....awesome pic...


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#4 Sat, May 23, 2009 10:31 am

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Re: Memorial Day

I know I don't say it enough, much like everyone else in this country ,  but

Thank you, all that have served or will serve.    america.gif

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#5 Sat, May 23, 2009 12:45 pm

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Re: Memorial Day

we can never say or do enough to thank all the brave men and women who server our great country.

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Re: Memorial Day

Heroes; the average "Joe", the one who steps up when no one else will,when all hell breaks loose or when the odds are against him & the chips are down,this "Joe" fights all odds,"Freedom" is in his blood,he lives by a Code of Honor,"Duty" for some is just a word, for him its a way of life, for "he" is an American Soldier, a 1st Defender, a protector of all freedoms, a GI, government issue Joe, a simple man, willing to give all, for his Family, his Friends and His Country... "Moj" Sgt.Kovatch

To all  American patriots who honor the military, we could not do what we do, without your commitment and support. Thanks for standing by us on this day....

To the ESAW members who are currently serving or who have served, let us honor our brothers and sisters on eternal watch...
                                                                    Let Freedom Ring....

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I know I've criticized the government and foreign policy on the servers in the past but I'd still like to thank all those in the military for the sacrifices they make for us on a daily basis and doing what I'd never be able to do.

Thank you for all your work and dedication to serving the country and hope you all have a great memorial day as you all deserve it.

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that is great  Capt!!!!


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that is great  Capt!!!!

Thanks Katz,,,,,,I wrote the upper part upon my return from Afghanistan in 04,,,and use it on my email address,,,,so that no one forgets the sacrifices we  soldiers endure...its kinda of like an silent oath of honor we "all" follow and live up to......thanks for your service sister....my door is always open to a fellow comrade....sgt. kovatch

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Re: Memorial Day

The other day, I was browsing Wikipedia.

I can;t remember the exact thread that brought me to the congressional medal of honor, but I ended up there, and read through the recipients, and the associated acts of valor that put them on that list.  Of the posthumous awards, a shocking number were awarded for the soldier throwing himself on a live grenade/explosive to save his brothers.

I sat and thought long and hard about that, and tried to fathom the enormity of those last moments for them.  I could not even begin to attempt to sum up that situation.
Those kids (mainly they were all younger than me) unselfishly sacrificed themselves for the survival of their fellow troops.   I also thought of every other soldier who died, and did not get an award.  Their sacrifice is just as worthy.

I understand that their sacrifice has played a part in me never having to face a situation like that.  As has the sacrifice of every other soldier who gave their life in service to this country.  Their service has allowed me to live a fruitful, peace filled and free existence.

I have given my thoughts to every soldier who has served, and every soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure my way of life.

May we all have long, and peaceful lives.


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Re: Memorial Day

MEMORIAL DAY 25 MAY 2008

FALLUJAH, IRAQ

            First, a few statistics to ponder.  There are twenty-five
million living American veterans.  Since General George Washington commanded
the Continental Army forty-two million Americans have served the colors.  A
million have been killed in its defense.  Another million and a half
wounded.  When most of us think about military cemeteries the first thought
that comes to mind is Arlington National in Washington, but there are many,
many more in the U.S.  Most Americans also don't know there are 24 American
cemeteries maintained overseas with 125,000 graves of our fallen-61,000 in
France alone-the result of two wars that saved Europe and the world from
horrors unimaginable to Americans today; unimaginable, that is, unless you
are a veteran who have seen the terrible face of war so those who remained
safe in America, and those yet unborn, would never have to.  There are also
memorials overseas to an additional 94,000 Americans who were lost at sea,
or their remains never recovered from battlefields around the globe.  With
all this service and loss, we as Americans can be proud of the kind of
people we are as we have never retained a square foot of any country we have
defeated, we possess no empire, nor have we enslaved a single human being.
On the contrary, billions across the planet are today-and billions yet
unborn-live free because our veterans have fought and died, and, once peace
achieved, we've rebuilt destroyed cities, economies, and societies.

   

            Memorial Day was established three years after our terrible
Civil War that finally established what kind of nation we would be.  A war
in which 600,000 young Americans-North and South-perished.  For a century
the day continued to mean visiting and decorating graves or town-square
memorials to those who died serving our great nation, and celebrating with
parades and civic events.  Americans kept the day quiet pausing to remember,
at least for a little while, the kind of men and women they were who gave
the last full measure, and the immensity of the sacrifice they made for
those who remained protected at home.

 

            Americans should not forget this weekend or any weekend as they
relax with a few days off that the country is at war, and a new Greatest
Generation is fighting a merciless enemy on their behalf in the terrible
heat of Iraq, and in the mountains of Afghanistan.  Like it or not America
is engaged in a war today against an enemy that is savage, offers no
quarter, whose only objectives are to either kill every one of our families
in our homeland, or enslave us with a sick form of extremism that serves no
God or purpose that rational men and women can understand.  Given the
opportunity to do another 9/11, our vicious enemy would do it today,
tomorrow and everyday thereafter.  I don't know why they hate us, and I
frankly don't care and they can all go to hell, but they do hate us and are
driven irrationally to our destruction.  The best way to fight them is
somewhere else and that is why we are here.  For whatever reason they want
to destroy our way of life our countrymen at home should be on their knees
everyday thanking God we still have enough young people in America today
willing to take up the fight as our Veterans did from the earliest days of
our nation.

   

            They should know that they are protected today by men and women
as good as have ever served; as good today as their fathers were in Vietnam,
and their grandfathers were in Korea and World War II.  In this my third
tour in Iraq I have never seen an American hesitate, or do anything other
than lean into the danger and, with no apparent fear of death or injury,
take the fight to the enemies of our way of life.  As anyone who has ever
experienced combat knows, and many of you do, when it starts, when the
explosions and tracers are everywhere and the calls for the Corpsman or
medic are screamed from the throats of men who know they are dying-when
seconds seem like hours and it all becomes slow motion and fast forward at
the same time-everything in one's survival instinct says stop, get down,
save yourself -yet you don't.  When no one would call you coward for
cowering behind a wall or in a hole looking to your own self preservation,
none of you do.  It doesn't matter if it's an IED, a suicide bomber, mortar
attack, fighting in the upstairs room of a house, or all of it at
once-America should know you fight today in the same way our warriors have
since the Revolution.

            The wonderful thing about America's Armed Forces is that none of
us are born killers.  On the contrary we are good and decent Americans
mostly from the neighborhoods of America's cities, and small towns.  Almost
all come from "salt of the earth" working class homes, and more often than
not are the sons and daughters of cops and firemen, factory and service
workers, and farmers.  Most of us delivered papers, stocked shelves in the
grocery store, played Little League baseball and pickup hockey in the local
rink, and served Mass on Sunday morning.  Some are former athletes, and many
"couch potatoes" who drove our cars and motorcycles too fast, and blasted
our music louder than perhaps we should have.  We are all ordinary people
performing remarkable acts of bravery and selfless acts of devotion to a
cause bigger than ourselves-and for millions who will never know our names.
Any one of us could have all stayed in school or gone another way, but yet
we chose to serve knowing full well Iraq and Afghanistan was in our future.
You did not avoid the most basic and cherished responsibility of a
citizen-to defend the nation and its people-on the contrary, you went after
it.  You did not fail in life which the chattering class back home likes to
believe is why you chose to serve and risk dying for the nation, but,
rather, are the best our nation produces and have consciously put every
American at home above your own self interest.  You are all heroes and like
many Veterans throughout our history many of us have endured things-sights,
sounds and horrors-that will haunt us for the rest of our lives.  I know I
find comfort that because I am here those I love and have sworn to protect
will never have to deal with memories so terrible.  I hope you who have seen
these things have the same sense of purpose and balance when you relive the
scenes of violence, and of decisions made.

            America's Armed Forces today know the price of being the finest
men and women this nation has to offer, and pay it we do everyday in Iraq
and Afghanistan.  More than four thousand of us have died in this war, and
ten-times this number have been wounded.  And the sacrifice continues as
three Americans have gone to God since we all went to bed last night and
slept free and protected.  Their mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters,
wives, husbands, and fiancés are sitting in their living rooms right now
with casualty officers learning the true price of freedom, and are only just
beginning a lifelong struggle of dealing with the pain and loss of someone
so dear, but they are not victims as they knew what they were about and were
doing what they wanted to do.  Many of today's self-proclaimed experts and
media commentators endeavor to make them out to be victims but they are
wrong, and this only detracts from the decision these patriots made to step
forward and protect the country that has given so much to all of us.    We
who are serving, and have served, demand not to be categorized as victims-we
are not.  Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never
understand it when strong and committed men and women stand tall and firm
against our enemies, just as they can't begin to understand the price paid
so they and their families can sleep safe and free at night-the protected
never do. What the experts, commentators, and elites are missing, what they
will also never understand, is the sense of commitment, joy, and honor, of
serving the nation in its uniform, but every American Veteran, and their
loved ones who support them and fear for them everyday, do understand.

 

            We should all be confident that this experiment in democracy we
call America will forever remain the "land of the free and home of the
brave" so long as we never run out of tough young Americans willing to look
beyond their own self interest and comfortable lives, and go into the
darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down, and kill, those who
would do us  harm.

            In closing I wanted to share a story that you may not be aware
of that took place only a few miles from here in Ramadi.  On 22 April 2nd
Battalion 8th Marines and 1st Battalion, 9th Marines were in the process of
turning over a Joint Security Station Nasser.  It's in the Sophia district
of Ramadi, and was once the center of the insurgency in that city.  Two
Marines who barely knew each other as one was coming and the other going
were standing guard at the Entry Control Point (ECP): their names were
Jonathan Yale and Jordan Haerter.  At 0745, and without warning, a large
truck accelerated towards the ECP careening off the protective serpentine.
Both must have understood on instinct what was happening as in less then a
second they went to the guns and opened fire until the massive 2,000lb blast
took their lives-but the suicide bomber never passed the post they
protected, and 50 other Marines and perhaps as many police didn't die that
day inside the JSS.  I spoke to several Iraqi police eyewitness and they all
told the same story, but one more emotionally than the others.  He said no
sane man would have stood there directly in the path of a speeding truck
firing their weapons-yet two did.  His officers, some as close as ten feet
initially from the Marines, fired and ran when it was obvious the truck
could not be stopped-and they survived.  The Marines stood their ground and
stopped the truck before it detonated, and saved the lives of their buddies.

                      A sacred duty of every commander in combat, yet the
one we dread the most, is writing letters home to families who have lost a
son or a daughter.  I wanted to close by reading you a letter I wrote that
night to the mother of one of those two heroes that for me sums up who and
what we are as warriors and veterans, why we serve, and how we will remember
each other.

             

             

           

22 April 2008

             

             

I know there is nothing I can write tonight that will help you deal with the
loss of your son Jonathan.  I do hope you can find some comfort as I try to
help you understand what he was doing for every American when he was taken
from us all.  He was standing watch on a nameless side street in Ramadi at
the entrance of a compound that housed a large number of Marines, Iraqi
Police, and civilians.  In the early morning a truck turned down towards the
entrance and ignored the visual warnings he gave to stop.  Jonathan and the
Marine he was with must have sensed immediately what was taking place as
they went to the guns quickly and fired a very high volume of automatic
weapons fire undoubtedly killing the suicide driver, but not before he
detonated the massive blast that took their lives.  His fellow Marines did
what Marines have done from the beginning of our history, something they do
almost without thinking and always without hesitation-they risked their own
lives to save his, but he was already gone to God.  Mrs. Pride because of
your son and that other Marine nearly fifty other American families are not
mourning tonight; their son's lives were saved by two Marines who would not
abandon their post even to the point of death. 

             

I did not know your son Mrs. Pride, but I am sure he was just like every
Marine I have known in the three decades and more that I have served.  Like
my own two sons who are Marines and have served here in this war, I bet he
was a good looking young man, fun loving, into sports and a good son-but not
perfect-boys never are.  He was also different Mrs. Pride, because he chose
to leave the comfortable and safe confines of his home and walk a different
path than all the rest.  The path he chose led him to be one of the nations
finest, to be a Marine.  When he did not have to raise his right hand and
swear before his God to serve and protect this nation and its people, he did
just that.  We all owe him an eternal debt of gratitude that can never be
repaid.  We also owe you, Tammy, and all who loved him a debt-one that can
never be settled.

             

I have 25,000 Marines under my care here in Iraq, and I fear for their lives
every minute of every day as if they were my own.  They are out there
everyday and every night patrolling the most dangerous places on earth for
millions of people at home they do not even know.  In times of weakness I
wonder why they come, young men like Jonathan, why they come when no one
makes them.  When everything in our society seems to say "what's in it for
me," those like your son think of others-not themselves.  I did not know
your son Mrs. Pride, but I will never forget him.  I will keep him in my
thoughts and prayers for the rest of my life.

             

With deepest sympathy,

             

JOHN F. KELLY

Major General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commanding General

I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)


Well said, Sir...

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Re: Memorial Day

One day we were sitting around talkin shit about GOD AND COUNTRY. Sitting on a hill in Panama watching the jungle burn. It did look nice. Farris started up with his striking another blow for god and country and freeing the people of their labored bonds of the cartel. He was from Kentucky and didnt know any better. I  told em to shut the fuck up and get off his soap box. He yells shut the fuck up as well ,tell me what the hell are you for if not to help the world. I told em im here cause your to fuckin stupid to get home in one piece and I aint telling your country ass mom that I didnt do my job and make sure you got home. He said and I aint telling your 200 plus pound momma that you died in line of duty. We were together or 4 years and used to do funeral details bak in the states. Where you bury a vet or fallin soldier. As tough as we all thought we were. When that buggle played taps and the family fell out. All bets were off.In 4 years we must have done 20 plus funerals from michigan to VA.
The point is we were never the so called defenders of the free world. We just watched out for our own and kept each other alive. The big picture never went beyond the mission at hand and keeping the bad guys in check. As long as we came back with what we left with it was a good day.

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When that buggle played taps and the family fell out. All bets were off

8) Both of my in-laws served in the military. They treated me like I was thier son, almost to a fault that thier own single son was jealous of me. Marian served in the Navy and Marty served in the Army during Korea era. Before I went to Marty's funeral, taps never meant a thing to me, oh how much life changes when you finally get the symbolic meaning...
To this day, no matter where I am, when I hear taps I sob inside.  sad

                Day is done,
                gone the sun,
                from the lakes
                from the hills
                from the sky,
                all is well,
                safely, rest,
                God is near.

                Fading light,
                Dims the sight,
                And a star gems the sky
                Gleaming bright,
                From afar,
                Drawing, near,
                Falls the night.

                Thanks and praise,
                For our days,
                Neath the sun
                Neath the stars
                Neath the sky,
                As we go,
                This, we, know,
                God is near.

#14 Mon, May 25, 2009 12:56 am

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Just thought I would post a thanks also to all the vets of our great country!! Without you it would be far from great!!!

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enjoy today.  all of you that have served deserve it for helping keep this country the way we know it.


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Re: Memorial Day

Guys,

I am not a US citizen, however my father is a former General in Mexico and his father fought in WWII in the 201 squadron. Hence, I would like to say thanks to all US soldiers who fight for their country regardless of their government policy; many thinks can be say about Bush's policy and actions but in my opinion any soldier who is willing to fight and moreover to help other soldiers to come back to their home deserve my admiration.

Also I would like to congratulate to the veterans that are part of ESAW, ie Katz and Wreck. (i hope i am nor forgetting somebody else). You guys deserve all the recognition and probably more in this Memorial Day

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i know ur forgetting m4rlin, but i don't think u've met him.


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Well if your user mae is the one I am thinking then I know you cause you always kill me in HC lol. In any case thanks for the explanation on the Memorial Day celebration  M4RLIN. As you probably know in Mexico we don't celebrate our fallen soldiers as you do here.

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