Friday, November 11, 2005

Veteran's Day 2005

Veteran's DayToday is Veteran's Day. For the freedoms you have, for the extraordinary life you lead, thank a veteran.
It was a veteran, not a reporter,
Who guaranteed freedom of the press.

It was a veteran, not a poet,
Who guaranteed freedom of speech.

It was a veteran, not a campus organizer,
Who guaranteed freedom to demonstrate.

It was a veteran, not a minister,
Who guaranteed freedom to worship.

It was a veteran, not a salesman,
Who guaranteed freedom to own property.

It was a veteran, not a travel agent,
Who guaranteed freedom to travel.

It was a veteran, not a politician,
Who guaranteed freedom to vote.

It is a veteran who salutes the Flag,
Risks it all for the Flag,
And who is buried beneath the Flag.
— J. L. Sager *

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  1. I want to hear Zell read these words again! Thanks for putting them here for this day.

    You have encouraged me to attempt a "TrackBack" - I have never yet been successful at this endeavor! ;-) AND - apparently I STILL haven't completed this type of "travel" this evening/morning? I actually attempted the use of the amazing WIZBANG pinger! First there was an error page - attempted again - it tells me there was a ping already?!

    Didn't make it? Maybe HERE

  2. Veterans Day

    Congress is considering an end to military honors at the funerals of veterans who later commit heinous crimes.
    This crusade began with a particularly gruesome multiple murder case in Maryland. The murderer received military honors at his funeral.

  3. What's the story behind Sager?
    (PS: I oppose the bill I mention -- and it is an open post)

  4. Chrys:
    Oh sure. Blame Basil :)
    He encouraged me, too

  5. Poca Dot:

    I must confess ignorance on Sager. I have seen the piece circulated with two different people being credited (the other being a Marine chaplain). I researched it before, but can't find my information, but I seem to recall that Sager was the actual author.

  6. Today

    Is Veteran's Day. We should never forget the brave men and women who have fought and died for our country. Without them we wouldn't have the freedoms we too often taken for granted. God Bless all our living veterans and say a prayer for those no long...

  7. Veteran's Day

    On the 11th hour of the 11th day of November an armistice was called for the end of World War I.

  8. “.. to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic…”

    While I spent a peaceful night sleeping in the comfort of home, rising early to work at home, then prepare for my upcoming trip to New York City for the Pajamas Media launch, I thought about the people who’re helping to keep me free and safe.

  9. Veteran's Day

    Here is a piece of a poem I read: It was a veteran, not a reporter, Who guaranteed freedom of the press. It was a veteran, not a poet, Who guaranteed freedom of speech. Go over and read the rest...

  10. November 11, 2005

    They've always done their duty.

  11. Great poem, basil. Thanks for posting it.

  12. Veteran’s Day Salute and Open Post

    Thank You Veterans
    for your service and sacrifice
    And current military: Know that America supports you!
    from the founding writers and guest bloggers at TMH's Bacon Bits
    The MaryHunter

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  13. Open Post - Thank a Veteran

    Today is Veteran's Day. For the freedoms you have, for the extraordinary life you lead, thank a veteran.


  14. Veterans Day, 2005

    Today is Veterans Day, a date set aside to honor those who have served in the armed forces.

    World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had...

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    The captain was approaching the post medical facility when she noticed a veteran walking toward her. The old soldier, stooped over and...

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  18. Veterans Day 2005

    Lest we forget those who took the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. Today is a day to thank those who have served this country.

  19. I used the Flanders Field poem in an editorial a while ago. Its author was a Canadian doctor in World War I, who paid the ultimate price later.

  20. Establishing Eurabia?

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  21. Veterans’ Day Drop Zone - OPEN POST

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  22. Veterans Day Open Trackbacks

    Its Veterans Day, thank a vet.

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  24. Thank you. Veteran's Day 2005

  25. What is a Vet?

    Happy Veterans Day !!! What is a vet?He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.He is the barroom

  26. An Honor To Serve

    This is one of my favorite songs. It has the words of Jeremiah Denton.


  27. THANK YOU!

    On this Veteran's Day: To all those who serve, a special thank you for preserving the freedoms I enjoy and the freedoms my son will enjoy for years to come! To my family's brave men: Thank you! We love you!...

  28. Thanks for your service Basil, Even though you were a dirty nasty leg.

  29. Oops, double post well thank you twice then.

  30. thanks for your service Basil, despite the fact you were a dirty nasty leg.

  31. Veteran's Day

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  32. Veterans Never Forgotten

    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we...

  33. Thank you basil! Happy Veteran's Day!

  34. Veteran's day started as Armistice Day - the end of WWI, which is becoming the Forgotten War (along with Korea). Last year I posted this WWI poem:

    If I should die, think only this of me:
    That there's some corner of foreign field
    That is forever England. There shall be
    In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
    A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
    Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
    A body of England's, breathing English air,
    Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

    And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
    A pulse in the Eternal mind, no less
    Gives somehwere back the thoughts by England given,
    Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
    And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
    In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

    Rupert Brooke 1915
    ~Darleen, daughter of a vet.

  35. Veteran's Day 2005.

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  36. Veterans Day Links

    Basil's Blog posts one of my all time favorite poems in honor of our Veterans.

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    Today's dose of NIF - News, Interesting & Funny ... limited blogation weekend (+ Open Trackbacks)

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    Sylvia Moreno writes in The Washington Post about Lance Cpl. Marty G. Mortenson, who was killed during his third tour by a roadside bomb:
    He had spent his 20th, 21st and 22nd birthdays in Iraq. Before he left on his last tour, he told a friend in Califor

  39. War: What Is It Good For?

    Jake writes in tribute to our brave soldiers

  40. Veteran's Day thanks

    Dear American veterans,

    Thank you for the blood, sweat, and tears shed by you on our behalf. Thank you for dedicating years of your life to the security of this nation.
    "Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men st...

  41. You Never Knew Me

    A poem in honor of those who risk their lives for us.

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    Your Business Blogger, second from left, c. 1978 Every Veteran would be honored to share their service experiences. And what the service is, and more important, what it is not. There are many misconceptions about the military. Here are...

  43. Thanks basil.

    And, umm, not that I was checking them out or anything, but your legs didn't look dirty to me.

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    Thank God I’m FREE! Thanks to guys like Jack Idema.
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  47. Happy Veterans Day

    To all of those who have or are still serving our country, my sincerest thanks. If it weren't for our armed forces, we would have no country, no freedom, nothing to call our own.

    I'm proud to be a veteran and to be a member of the VFW. If you know...


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