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#1 DrthG8r

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 09:26 PM

I'll be out of country for Christmas so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all you, and that includes my pal Alvin, a Merry Christmas.

 

While you celebrate this special time of the year keep in mind the many thousands of American service members who work around the clock, in all types of weather to insure we can celebrate.  Each and every one of them came from communities just like yours, they are the very best our nation has and they serve accordingly.

 

Keep in mind the family members of the six Americans killed in Afghanistan this week whose family members will forever in future never celebrate a Christmas in the manner in which they used to.  Their sons, and parents, whose lives have been crushed. 

 

Their seat at the table can never be filled - and they did it for us.

 

Cherish these days with your family and remember why we celebrate December 25th.

 

Merry Christmas to all.


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 09:33 PM

Great points I might add remember the real reason for the season.  Try to help someone who needs and deserves it.  Try not to be materialistic, while it is nice to get "stuff" it is not the most important part of the season.

 

For non-Christians enjoy your various holidays that occur at this time, and don't get offended too easily.


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 09:44 PM

here, here!



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Posted 22 December 2015 - 11:16 PM

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Merry Christmas to all!  


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 06:09 AM

Merry Christmas. Take the time to shake a vets hand when you are out and about. I met 1 last Saturday that is a surviving ww2 vet @ WalMart. When I thanked him for his service his reply was "I didnt do anything but my duty". Not alot of young people today get that "duty" thing. Anyhow Everyone be safe. Hopefully everyone on this board can make it back here after the holidays.

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:04 AM

I retired after 30 years of service in the Navy, and you'd think you would get comfortable with people thanking you for your service.  Nope.  It always takes me by surprise.  It's hard for us to know how to respond.  I simply thank them for their support and ask them to pray for the young kids we now have in uniform (as well as their leaders).

 

For me the most amazing thing isn't necessarily the service but rather the support.  Remember that this Christmas season (and year round).  Thank a vet.  For some, it'll boost their mood.  Others will feel a little uncomfortable with the recognition.  Others will revel in it.  But I can tell you from experience, it'll impact their day.

 

Merry Christmas, Gator peeps!


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 10:54 AM

I'll be out of country for Christmas so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all you, and that includes my pal Alvin, a Merry Christmas.

While you celebrate this special time of the year keep in mind the many thousands of American service members who work around the clock, in all types of weather to insure we can celebrate. Each and every one of them came from communities just like yours, they are the very best our nation has and they serve accordingly.

Keep in mind the family members of the six Americans killed in Afghanistan this week whose family members will forever in future never celebrate a Christmas in the manner in which they used to. Their sons, and parents, whose lives have been crushed.

Their seat at the table can never be filled - and they did it for us.

Cherish these days with your family and remember why we celebrate December 25th.

Merry Christmas to all.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 12:48 PM

I'll be out of country for Christmas so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all you, and that includes my pal Alvin, a Merry Christmas.

 

While you celebrate this special time of the year keep in mind the many thousands of American service members who work around the clock, in all types of weather to insure we can celebrate.  Each and every one of them came from communities just like yours, they are the very best our nation has and they serve accordingly.

 

Keep in mind the family members of the six Americans killed in Afghanistan this week whose family members will forever in future never celebrate a Christmas in the manner in which they used to.  Their sons, and parents, whose lives have been crushed. 

 

Their seat at the table can never be filled - and they did it for us.

 

Cherish these days with your family and remember why we celebrate December 25th.

 

Merry Christmas to all.

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 02:20 PM

Merry Christmas & God Bless to all and their family!!!! :usaflag3:



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 06:25 PM

Merry Christmas! From one retired veteran to all those who have served, thank you for your service!
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Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:56 PM

Many of my family served from World War II to Viet Nam.  I hold zero inhibitions for thanking a Veteran for his or her service.  We always take my bro-in-law out to Texas Roadhouse on November 11th and treat him to all he can drink while his meal is gifted by this awesome restaurant.  The Veterans there are gracious, humble, proud, and strong.

 

I also recognize some of our usual posters on this thread, suspects all for the back and forth on this forum.

 

For what ever purpose people post here, including trolls and Gator Haters, I still wish you a Merry Christmas. 

 

Even the Red Baron refused to shoot down Snoopy on Christmas, so let there be peace on earth, even if it's just for one day.  It will change many lives.

 

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 12:04 AM

Both my Dad and my Mom were WWII vets.  I'm of the age where I missed any opportunity to serve.  I would have, though, proudly.  (I really pray my none of my kids have to)

 

My neighbor is a WWII vet.  I think I'll go next door tomorrow and take a couple beers with me and thank him for helping to defend freedom.  Even after 60 years its, a huge thing they did.


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Posted 24 December 2015 - 07:58 AM

Both my Dad and my Mom were WWII vets. I'm of the age where I missed any opportunity to serve. I would have, though, proudly. (I really pray my none of my kids have to)

My neighbor is a WWII vet. I think I'll go next door tomorrow and take a couple beers with me and thank him for helping to defend freedom. Even after 60 years its, a huge thing they did.


I have a great uncle that was a part of the Normandy invasion. He passed away while I was still too young to understand the enormity of what he and his fellow soldiers did on D-Day. Today it boggles my mind the heroism of his generation (particularly by comparison to my generation). Unfortunately there are fewer and fewer of them still alive today. We should all take the opportunity to meet and speak with them while we still can.

Merry Christmas to all.

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 08:08 AM

This is to wishing all of you a safe and Merry Christmas. God bless to all of you.

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 02:01 PM

I have a great uncle that was a part of the Normandy invasion. He passed away while I was still too young to understand the enormity of what he and his fellow soldiers did on D-Day. Today it boggles my mind the heroism of his generation (particularly by comparison to my generation). Unfortunately there are fewer and fewer of them still alive today. We should all take the opportunity to meet and speak with them while we still can.

Merry Christmas to all.

One great way to meet these amazing people is to check out flight schedules at -

https://www.honorflight.org

This nonprofit organization helps many combat veterans (WWII and others) visit their war memorials in DC. I believe SW Airlines is typically the airline they partner with. Anyway, you can volunteer to escort during a one day round trip, or simply be there to greet them before they take off... Or after they return... It's easier for AD and veterans with ID to deal with security, and contacting the org ahead of time (get on the list of expected visitors) also helps. I've also had a chance to greet them prior to security check points. Some are quiet, others will talk your ear off. They all appreciate those who recognize their sacrifices.

Merry Christmas to all, especially those who continue to stand the watch! Semper Paratus!

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 03:32 PM

One great way to meet these amazing people is to check out flight schedules at -

https://www.honorflight.org

This nonprofit organization helps many combat veterans (WWII and others) visit their war memorials in DC. I believe SW Airlines is typically the airline they partner with. Anyway, you can volunteer to escort during a one day round trip, or simply be there to greet them before they take off... Or after they return... It's easier for AD and veterans with ID to deal with security, and contacting the org ahead of time (get on the list of expected visitors) also helps. I've also had a chance to greet them prior to security check points. Some are quiet, others will talk your ear off. They all appreciate those who recognize their sacrifices.

Merry Christmas to all, especially those who continue to stand the watch! Semper Paratus!


Thanks for the link!

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 05:46 PM

Thanks for the link!


You're welcome! If you get the opportunity, I'm sure they'd love to hear about your uncle.

Can't even imagine what D Day was like. We are fortunate to have the greatest generation overcome the incredible challenges they faced. What reality would we be living in, if the axis powers won?

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 09:46 PM

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