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    VaWolf82
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    No; it’s not National BBQ Day.

    [See the full post at: Sleep Peacefully Tonight]

    #133753

    VaWolf82
    Keymaster

    George Orwell may not have uttered the line that ended the post, even though it is frequently attributed to him:

    People Sleep Peacefully in Their Beds at Night Only Because Rough Men Stand Ready to Do Violence on Their Behalf

    #133754

    freshmanin83
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    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.

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    Pack78
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    We are the land of the free because of the brave-thanks to all…

    #133756

    Becton901
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    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.

    #133757

    john of sparta
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    Orwell:
    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.

    #133759

    44rules
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    Fine sentiments all around. Thanks, VA.

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong

    #133760

    Texpack
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    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.

    #133767

    rthomas44
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    Sorry, but we’re not going to discuss politics or even military strategy/incompetence on this thread.

    VaWolf82

    #133947

    Fastback68
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    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.

    #133990

    Fastback68
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    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.

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