Veterans Day

This year Veterans Day shares the week with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a moment that started the end of the Cold War. It was a moment that many of us didn’t see at the time for what it was, our victory over the Evil Empire. We had won.

But yet there was no peace. In truth there never has been. There is always an enemy, whether the one you are directly engaging, or the one lurking over the horizon waiting to destroy you, mankind has never known peace.

So there has always been a need for those who will step up and face the wolf, in the vain hope that when they are done there will be no more, but knowing that there will be another.

So on this Veterans Day I wish to thank all of my fellow vets who stepped up and faced the wolf, and pray that one day there will no longer be a need for men like us.

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    Naviguesser growls and barks:

    Yuuut.

    No further commentary forthcoming or necessary.

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    Retired Spook growls and barks:

    What was that prayer?

    “Lord, if there must be trouble, let it come in my day, so that my children can know peace.”

    Not there yet.

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    No, not yet Spook, but maybe with each wolf we slay it’s one more small step towards that day.

    Until then, we do what we do.
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    irish19 growls and barks:

    Well said! Thank you and your fellow vets for your service and sacrifice. :em01:

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Truer words were never spoken, brother.

    War is the natural state of mankind, and we shall never want for enemies.

    And he who beats his sword into a plowshare will soon find himself plowing the lands belonging to he who did not.

    It is said that only in our willingness and readiness to fight a war can we find hope that we may not have to, that manning the wall is as important as defending it, should it come to blows.

    I find comfort in that, having served only to man that wall, but I also recognize the truth of it. For an unmanned wall is no wall at all.

    But on this, as on previous veterans’ days, I want to thank in particular the current generation of warriors. Not just for their invaluable service to the nation that we all love, although that is reason enough for thanks and more, but also for reassuring me that, even as we will never want for enemies, we also will never want for defenders.

    We are in good hands, the torch is passed into brave and capable hands, and the brotherhood lives on, strong as ever.

    Their willingness to keep up the fight fills my heart with comfort and hope for future generations, even as I am shamed for having ever worried that it might not be the case.

    To my brothers and sisters: Thank you all, I am proud and humbled to be in your company, and to those behind the wall, now, in the past and ever more: You’re welcome. It was an honor. Make it worth it.
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    LC R6 growls and barks:

    Well and truly spoken Crunch.

    Their willingness to keep up the fight fills my heart with comfort and hope for future generations, even as I am shamed for having ever worried that it might not be the case.

    I think it not shameful to worry that the willing be thwarted in their efforts to keep up the fight by those unwilling to see the truth of it. I think it the duty of those of us who have served and our time is past to sound the clarion to remind those willing that the wolf may not be the only enemy, but the sheep behind who continue to insist that the wolf simply wants to warm itself against our breast.

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    VAconservative growls and barks:

    As the Tax girl pointed (with two brothers in the military, one passing the 20 year mark this week) she knows whereof she speaks:

    It’s easy to think that one knows what being in the military is really like. The media makes it feel like it’s all about the scary stuff: land mines, gunfire and enemy combatants. Everyone that has ever served knew that at some point they, regardless of their job, could be in harm’s way. It just goes with the service.

    But sometimes the toughest parts aren’t the life-threatening moments, they are the life-altering ones. The missed birthdays. Graduation. First steps. First touchdown. Illnesses. Bad news. Good news. Recitals, spelling bees and science fairs. Prom.

    I was born in a military hospital. My dad was career Army and I know first-hand that he missed some big moments in his family’s lives. And that is why I am passionate about honoring those who serve, and proud of my own five years of service to our great country.

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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    As pointed out by our dear Emperor, war is the natural state of mankind due in part to the jealousy of those who would control all aspects of others’ lives – think Europe, its plethora of fiefdoms, and the damnable UN.

    An unfortunate fact is the action necessary to set us on the right path is rather unpalatable to the majority as they haven’t the ‘nads (to begin with) and they are fearful of losing what they have. The masters, long ago, learned that a man is easy to control if he’s allowed just enough worldly stuff that he fears losing it.

    I’ll not give up – ever – and I’ll keep waiting for the call to muster.

    My best wishes for Veterans’ Day to all.
    :em01:

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    Radical Redneck growls and barks:

    Look at the impression our Stupidly dressed president looked when he met (Or as they say “Strolled up to meet”) the Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

    It’s safe to say that D-oh, the Heaven’s Gate cult leader made it to the spaceship and, to our dismay, is now back.

    D-oh then…

    D-oh now…. :em06:

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    Radical Redneck says:

    Look at the impression our Stupidly dressed president looked when he met (Or as they say “Strolled up to meet”) the Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

    It’s safe to say that D-oh, the Heaven’s Gate cult leader made it to the spaceship and, to our dismay, is now back.

    D-oh then…

    D-oh now….

    that expression says it all, what a blank slate that idiot is.

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    L.C. Mope growls and barks:

    You know what they say: “when you look around the high-stakes poker table and can’t find the Rube, you’re it.”

    Oh well. There is always an open seat at the “self-help group”. As long as you bring your lunch money.
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