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Veteran's Day NYC 2011

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We stood at attention as the flags passed, watched as members of the Wounded Warrior's Project marched by, saw the Mayor and a lot of politicians, but what struck me most was the small contingent of World War II veterans, about 15, some in wheelchairs, all riding on a flatbed trailer.  One Gentleman wearing his dress uniform, rendered his salute to me standing ten feet away.  I tipped my cap and then returned his salute. This is a man of the Greatestr Generation!

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There were other men and women of honor there yesterday

 

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  • Re: Veteran's Day NYC 2011
    tryt53 Alumni Steward Platinum 5 Reviews
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    SS,

    What a wonderful thing to share with us.  These veterans of this era are leaving us quickly, but much of what we have and can enjoy today, we owe to their sacrifices.

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      Absolutely, one Korean war vet asked me if I was "in" and when I said yes, he asked why I wasn't marching!

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        jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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        And what was your reply???

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          I told him that I was with him and his men and women in spirit, and he saluted then left.  It was a tender moment, and he like me lost a lot of friends over the years, manty while we served. We now see them aging, graying, hobbling but we honor their service as before.

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            jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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            It is sad that these great warriors are aging, graying and hobbling, just like us. But I am proud to be a veteren and having served our great country!!!!!

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    SS,

     

    Did you see our meet the oldest CMH winner?

     

    He was on Fox news and seem like a great guy.  They had other Cong. Medal of Honor members in that parade.  What an event.

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      Jerry I saw their float in the parade and there was a hush among the Wounded Warrior asemblage where I was standing. I did not see MOH the winner on TV, sadly since we were at the parade for three hours

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  • Re: Veteran's Day NYC 2011
    jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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    11/11/11 - What a great day and date for Veterans!!!!

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      Jasper, we were never pro-war, just willing to serve our co, thuntry.  That means something, for as my TAC officer said at Fort Benning, " we'll teach you irrational behavior--like standing up to enemy fire and yelling 'follow me!"

       

      All of us have done a lot in our lives, and some for reasons other than profit.  I count my three years in the Army as one of those.

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