Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veteran's Day, Memorial Day - Here's To The Soldiers

Awesome  Paint Job / Keep Him  Walking  

Check out what some troops
overseas did to their helicopter.

This very special Mi-24 helicopter is presently flying in Afghanistan , where it
is no doubt causing quite a  stir.

Keep  him walking.
This man is walking to show support for our troops.

Please pass him on so that he can reach his destination.

Say a prayer for our soldiers, then pass him on to others.

This is really interesting how  someone did this.

He's walking  around the world -- via  e-mail!
Pass  it on so he can  get there!


  1/2 boy 1/2 man

 If you read this, you WILL forward it on.
You just won't be able to stop yourself.

 The average age of the military man is 19 years.
 He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who,
 under normal circumstances is considered by
 society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind
 the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old
 enough to die for his country. He never really
 cared much for work and he would rather wax
 his own car than wash his father's, but he has
 never collected unemployment either.

 He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport
 activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a
 steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when
 he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

 He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he
 was at home because he is working or fighting
 from before dawn to well after dusk. He has
 trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him,
 but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and
 reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite
 to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

 He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

 He can march until he is told to stop,
 or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation,
 but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.
 He is self-sufficient.

 He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

 He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never
 to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend
 his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

 If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you
 are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition
 with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

 He has learned to use his hands like weapons
 and weapons like they were his hands.

 He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

 He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.
 In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

 Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except
 our friendship and understanding.
 Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

 And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . .

 A short lull, a little shade and a picture of
 loved ones in their helmets.

Prayer wheel for our military.... please don't
 break it Please send this on after a short prayer.

 Prayer Wheel

 'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
 Protect them as they protect us.
 Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

 When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmen
in the air, and for those in Iraq , Afghanistan and all foreign countries.

 There is nothing attached...
 This can be very powerful...

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

 I can't break this one, sorry.
 Pass it on to everyone and pray.
     You could have been called to serve.


All too many of our soldiers have died unnecessarily--because they were sent to fight for a purpose other than America’s freedom.
What we owe these men who fight so bravely for their and our freedom is to send them to war only when that freedom is truly threatened, and to make every effort to protect their lives during war--by providing them with the most advantageous weapons, training, strategy, and tactics possible.

It is often said that our soldiers must sacrifice themselves for our country. This is precisely what we must not ask them to do.
The best way we can honor our veterans and give real meaning to Veterans Day--aside from ceremonies honoring their past and present dedication and bravery--is to promise that we will go to war only when America's interests as a free nation are threatened, and wage it in the uncompromising pursuit of victory.

Meanwhile, the White House "insists that it has no idea what it's going to do about Afghanistan"


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