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Old 10-28-2011, 08:55 PM   #15
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Thanks for reminding everyone SeaJay.

Try not to get in too much trouble and if you do, don't get suspended from the forum again when you tell us about it.

Someday I'll tell you about the hippie I met at an outdoor event wearing an American flag like a shaw. Suffice it to say wife had to bail me out later.

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Old 11-01-2011, 04:35 AM   #16
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Like I said earlier Dennis.... maybe a taste of ''Black Jack in a Sack'' will keep me calm and I can just smile at the people that disrespect my colors. I may have to kinda ''QQ'' watch out for the ''man'' though and I definitely will have Willa come pick me up. I got an appointment with my Va. doctor that mornin' but you can bet that if I can still walk, I will be on the bridge showin the colors

God bless all veterans and keep them safe .......(and out of trouble)...(lol)

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Old 11-01-2011, 07:09 PM   #17
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If you were in the Shenandoah valley I would be there to back you up!
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:19 PM   #18
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All gave some, Some gave all.

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Well said Jerry!

There are fewer & fewer WWII vets with us as each year passes.

There are none of the WWI vets left.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:37 PM   #19
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seajay, thanks man. i don't think we will ever forget our heroes.i know i won't. nam 69-71
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:01 PM   #20
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In truth ''showing the colors'' is one of the great thrills in my life. I know it sounds silly but to be able to hold and wave the flag that draped my dads casket is a special honor. He was Navy, WW2, combat veteran South Pacific theater and he saw a lot of action. He worked on/drove and maintained the Higgins boats that were used to take the Marines ashore on about five invasions in the South Pacific. My dad never bragged about what he did in the war. Most of the time he would not talk about what he saw and did.
When he came home he was a changed man. Each night we would have our ''prayer circle'' where me and mom and dad and Granny Cecil would sit in mom and dads bedroom and dad would read from the bible he carried during the war. He would read verse after verse and then explain the meaning of the verses he had read. We would sit and talk about the ''day'' we had and ask forgiveness for bad thoughts and deeds we might have did that day. We would all kneel and pray and all hold hands and ask Gods forgiveness for our shortcomings in our lives. Poppa said that if you would ask forgiveness, God would grant it and give you a new start tomorrow morning. People dont have that kind of relationship with parents any more and it is a terrible loss to the family structure in my opinion.
In our house we had little in the way of riches but we were all millionaires when it came to family love and that was all that really mattered i think.
Poppa was always a guiding light for me to live by. His family was first in his mind and if you messed with his family he would rip you to pieces and then pray for God to forgive him and you for the transgression ...
Somehow, these feelings are really few and far between now of days but I guess the world has moved on and left the old feelings in the dust. Such is life I guess.
(this is getting longer than I planned and supper is almost ready)

God bless our vets and remember them on 11-11-11. Without them, we would be speaking German or Russian or Japanese and the world would be an entirely different place guys ..
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:21 PM   #21
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Thanks for the post Seajay. I just got a call from our local cadet CO asking if I would attend the "Candle Light Ceremony" this evening with them. I told her I would be honoured and if all goes well I'll post some of the pictures I will be taking.

If we continue to remember our war dead then maybe the need for war will diminish. The need will always be there for an armed services.

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Old 11-04-2011, 04:48 AM   #22
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Who are the Patriot Guard Riders?

There were zero PGR 5 year ago. As of now, there are over 190,000. This growth has not come easy, and it is not perfect. And in case anybody misunderstands, I thought I should make it clear who the PGR are to me.

The PGR is the Hell's Angel that has held a flag for three hours in honor of a fallen solider.

The PGR is the Christian Motorcyclist Association rider that is standing next to him.

The PGR is the elderly lady with a flag draped over her walker that is standing next to him.

The PGR is the biker that will ride over 300 miles, praying to God to give him strength, so he can make it in time to have the honor of standing the flag line for the wake of a hero…Alone.

The PGR is having 250 bikes show up the next day in a town of 3500 people: Some riding hundreds of miles, staring at 0400…In the rain.

The PGR will be humbled when the color guard comes out to shake his hand for standing there alone, and tell them with confidence there will be more tomorrow.

The PGR is spending hours in a flag line in 90 degree heat, only later to find out the son of the guy standing next to you had committed suicide 6 months after returning from Iraq.

The PGR are the couple that served lunch to 286 bikers, refusing all donations. They are the grandparents of the solider that killed himself.

The PGR is “freebird57” from IL who drives around in his van, loaded with 135 flags and coolers of water and supplies for those standing the line along with him.

The PGR is the Viet Nam vet that was spit on when he returned, or the lady next to him whose brother was in the Battle of Bulge. Or it is 12 year old Taylor Batten, who had her first heart surgery at the age of 6 months. Taylor has had many surgeries in her past and will have many more in her future, which may not be that long. She is now a PFC USMC, and an honorary MI PGR Ride Captain.

The PGR is not a service group, we are not lobbyists. There are many fine organizations that do this work, and we heartily encourage your support.

The PGR is the biker that will ride over 200 miles in rain so bad he can barely see, and rides only by the taillights of those ahead of him, because the protestors will be at the funeral of PO1 Jerry Tharp in Galesburg IL. And he will not only consider it a privilege to have protestors scream in his face, shielding them from the family, but will consider it one of the proudest days of his life. And there are 329 people standing next to him feeling exactly the same way.

The PGR is the rider who could not think of any place he would rather be at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, than to stand at the grave site of a friend’s father, on the anniversary of his passing. A father who earned the Silver Star in Korea for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty: A father whose family had no idea what he had done and the awards he had won, until they went through his belongings after his death.

If you do not fit in anywhere in the above, or you have another agenda, you might reconsider whether you are in the right place. However,if you are with us, it will be my honor to stand with you anytime, anywhere.

And when the organizers of a parade ask how many PGR will be there, I will tell them there might be 100, but I will only guarantee one.

And if there is an Honor Mission for a fallen hero that same day, I will not be there either.

Being a PGR is not fun. It may well be one of the hardest things you will ever do.

You may have the mother of a fallen solider cry on your shoulder, thanking you for being there.

You may have a Marine, who has escorted his buddy from Afghanistan, stand at attention and salute you, with tears streaming down his f ace.

Being a PGR may not be fun, but you will never stand with better people. It may be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do, and without a doubt, it will change your life forever.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:36 PM   #23
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I served in the Army for 20+ years. Until about the time of the first Gulf War, veterans were not appreciated much. I always, both while I was still in the Army and after retirement, wear a hat with the fact, in some way, that indicated I was either in the Army or retired from the Army. During my 30+ years of serving and being retired I have witnessed a big change. During Vietnam, active duty and veterans were spit on and/or assaulted, literally. After that became out of vogue, active duty and veterans were just ignored. Then came the first Gulf War and those that served were starting to be appreciated. I think that today's environment for the military is great. I can't tell you how many times when I go to Lowes or Home Depot or Krogers or.................., I am stopped by a complete stranger and thanked for my service. It is still a surprise for me after more than 10 years of it. Many of the people that stop you are veterans themselves. We are in a much better time for military and vets. When I am thanked, I always make it a point to ask the person to also remember, in their heart and/or prayers, those that did not return and those that are suffering.

On 11/11/11 I had such a great time thanking vets and being thanked. If only those that have not served could experience that, it is great and, at least for me, can't be described in words.

Just a side bar: My daughter's wedding anniversary is 11/11. This year on 11/11/11 was her 11th anniversary. Her and her husband went to a casino and put a bet on Red 11 and won over $1,100.00. They left the casino.

To all the vets out there, a big THANK YOU!
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:41 PM   #24
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The people who didn't like Vets back in the 60's still don't, many have just died off. I do think that a we get older, folks get more conservative.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:46 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by Lindsay Richards View Post
The people who didn't like Vets back in the 60's still don't, many have just died off. I do think that a we get older, folks get more conservative.
No not really... I recently discovered "Grunge" ...Seatle 80's, 90's music... Loving every song, every note. Not exactly conservative...There are alot of us 70's kids out there and We Love Our VETS..... Peace.. D
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I don't ride scooters anymore, I can't stand in the rain anymore, but when I see a Patroit Rider I slip him a 20 or see a serviceman in a eatery the meals on me. Not much but something. Semper Fi

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