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Mune wrote:My maternal grandfather is a Vietnam veteran. He was in the Navy. During one of their deployments, all but three members of his squad, including himself were killed when their ship was bombed and a fire broke out. My grandfather has the scars and his memories of that. His son is a veteran of the Gulf War. My paternal great-grandfather was in World War II. His father before him and the one before him were all active military men. One of them was part of a squadron that they made a movie or tv miniseries about. His squadron left California and were shot down. They all died. He was stuck back in California due to a training injury. I also have papers from one of the men in that line that was on horse back infantry in the Civil War.
What an impressive pedigree of service you come from! A sincere and hearty 'THANK YOU' to all those brave me.
Listening to their stories made me truly appreciate the sacrifices they do for the country they serve.
MsMartha wrote:hsimone wrote:Thank you for sharing. I agree it would be nice if all countries can work together in a positive way to avoid wars. There's so much more to life than fighting, anger, and/or fear. This is a definite good point to bring up, thank you, MsMartha!
And thank you for starting this conversation--this book has been an excellent experience!
Thanks for all the postings in the forums
CrescentMoon wrote:Most of the veterans I have met have been through work or volunteering. I volunteered at a retirement home throughout all my four years of high school and I met plenty of veterans there and they had the most interesting and terrifying stories. I also worked at a VA hospital for 3 years when I was in college. After working and volunteering and meeting the veterans, I will never forget or take for granted their sacrifice and loyalty.
What rewarding work! I bet you got to meet some of the neatest people. I'm glad your experience left you with a sense of gratitude and appreciation.
The sacrifice these brave people make is astounding and they deserve the highest respect.
-- 07 May 2016, 16:57 --
babika1962 wrote:When I was in grade school, I remember learning the poem, In Flanders Field and while I understood what the poem was about, it didn't really hit a chord with me until high school when we had to help organize some Veteran's Day events. I remember thinking how old all of the veterans looked. We lived in a farming community that was surrounded by several smaller towns and most of the veterans were those who had fought in WWI and WWII. Nowadays, veterans come in all different shapes, sizes and both sexes. What remains the same is the pride with which they served and thanks to the media coverage we have today, we see some of what our veterans have seen and had to go through which brings with it a greater understanding and appreciation for their efforts.
The title In Flanders Field sounded familiar so I decided to go look it up after reading your post. It is such a beautiful poem but sad. It serves as a great reminder to always be grateful to those who gave and their lives and encourage those who haven't.