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George Orwell may not have uttered the line that ended the post, even though it is frequently attributed to him:05/28/2018 at 11:13 AM #133754
Thank you for the post VaWolf82. May God bless America. May God bless the families of those who have fallen in service of their country.
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.05/28/2018 at 3:20 PM #133755
We are the land of the free because of the brave-thanks to all…05/28/2018 at 4:10 PM #133756
That’s a powerful way to remember the fallen. Thank you.
I spent a good part of the afternoon tidying up my Dad’s grave (and Mom’s and uncles’).
It’s a peaceful cemetery out in the country. No noise, nice breeze, and overlooking grain fields and forests. A good place to remember and appreciate the deeds of the fallen.
Dad was a P-51 pilot in the European theatre. He lost several good friends, but did return to have a family and live a long life.05/28/2018 at 10:48 PM #133757
john of spartaParticipant
Even as it stands, the Home Guard could only exist in a country where men feel themselves free. The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. THAT RIFLE HANGING ON THE WALL OF THE WORKING-CLASS FLAT OR LABOURER’S COTTAGE, IS THE SYMBOL OF DEMOCRACY. IT IS OUR JOB TO SEE THAT IT STAYS THERE.05/29/2018 at 9:33 AM #133759
Fine sentiments all around. Thanks, VA.
Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong05/29/2018 at 10:31 AM #133760
My Uncle Al passed away this past year. He was a Marine in Europe in WWII. My Dad said he talked about seeing one soldier after another pick up the American flag after the previous bearer was killed or wounded. My family is very fortunate to have never lost anyone in war. I’m grateful for the sacrifice of so many other families that has kept us free.05/30/2018 at 8:58 AM #133767
Sorry, but we’re not going to discuss politics or even military strategy/incompetence on this thread.
VaWolf8208/27/2018 at 6:04 PM #133947
I’m sitting here in the hospital with my father who served 1951-1953. He was 16 in 1945 and the only reason he got into Georgia Tech was because there was a war going on. I don’t believe that for one second. Yesterday he told my wife and I some Fort Bliss stories.10/11/2018 at 9:59 AM #133990
My Father passed away this morning. I really thought we lost him back on 8/27 but he just kept fighting on and on. He got drafted for the Korean war but was the only engineer, besides one other draftee, out of 50 guys in his group. They sent both of them off to spend 2 years testing equipment for the military in the desert. They flew some of the earliest remote control aircraft to be shot down during pilot training. They also shot off a couple of V2 rockets brought back from Germany. General Motors came out with a new automatic engine but the top brass were skeptical of it with regards to on the battlefield reliability. Dad said him and a group of guys drove the hell out of them day and night. I wish I had a video of that because I never saw the man go over 40mph on a secondary street or over 50 on the highway. Never saw tobacco or alcohol at home but the one thing that stands out was how fair he was with everyone he encountered in life. Rest In Peace old boy.10/19/2018 at 3:01 PM #133992
Just checked back in. Do so every month or so for old times. Rest in peace, old man Fastback. Prayers up for you, your family and loved ones.
Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong10/25/2018 at 9:59 PM #133997
Thanks for the kind words 44. Today would have been his 90th b-day. I’m sure he’s having fun.01/20/2019 at 10:24 AM #133999
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