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#430853 - 11/11/10 07:04 AM Veterans Day
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
To all those who have served honorably in the military, thank you.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

#430854 - 11/11/10 07:37 AM Re: Veterans Day [Re: MattJ]
Shi Ronglang Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 91
Loc: Samarobriva, Gallia
A thought for the millions who fell in WW1, a particularly stupid conflict that mostly consisted in good men slaughtering one another for reasons most couldn't even understand.

We remember you.
Wen wu shuang quan

#430858 - 11/11/10 12:20 PM Re: Veterans Day [Re: Shi Ronglang]
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Registered: 06/17/05
Posts: 1993
Loc: Lorton, VA
I remember when I was stationed in Spain, and I was assigned to a recon flight squadron. My office was attached to an enormous hangar. On the side of the hangar, you could see the following words painted high up on the outside wall, in two-foot high letters:


Those words really helped me focus on why I was there, what my real job was. Whenever someone thanks me for my service, I share those seven words with them.

I didn't join up out of a sense of duty, or a higher calling to serve my country... I needed a job, and the Navy was hiring. That said, every time I put my uniform on and went to work, I did so knowing that I was giving myself to a very necessary service.

If it hadn't been for the Navy, I may never have built the skill set that got me to where I am today. So while everyone is thanking veterans like me, I'd like to say thank you to the United States Navy.
In my walk in the martial way, my hope is that as long as I live, I will always be a beginner.

#430869 - 11/12/10 07:49 AM Re: Veterans Day [Re: Shi Ronglang]
Cord Offline

Registered: 01/13/05
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Loc: Cambridge UK.
Originally Posted By: Shi Ronglang
A thought for the millions who fell in WW1, a particularly stupid conflict that mostly consisted in good men slaughtering one another for reasons most couldn't even understand.

We remember you.

War is war. You could argue that nothing is worth losing your life over. For those who decide different, for queen, for country, for our freedom, or our futures, thankyou.
Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya'

#430870 - 11/12/10 11:21 AM Re: Veterans Day [Re: Cord]
Shi Ronglang Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 91
Loc: Samarobriva, Gallia
What I meant is that even the thickest peasant in the most remote village of rural France has probably got a mild idea of why WW2 might have been worth fighting... While WW1 was a case of sneezing in a Mexican stand-off.

You could argue that dead is dead; whether his death served a just cause or not hardly makes a difference to a corpse. For those who think different, WW1 might just be the worst war ever.

Originally Posted By: Cord
War is war.

If by this you mean "war is never a pleasant thing", we agree. wink
Yet, call me na´ve but I still believe some wars are dirtier than others (spirit-wise, that is. Gore-wise, that's mostly a matter of technology).
Wen wu shuang quan

#430872 - 11/12/10 03:29 PM Re: Veterans Day [Re: Shi Ronglang]
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Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
I'm a little late on the thread but I fully give my support to the veterans of the past, the present and the future.

Many of us had Grand Parents and Parents that served in past wars. My Great Grandfather fought in WWI for Belgium and was a Soldier of the 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers and was highly decorated. He was also a founding member of the FNI (Federation Nationale Invalides) in Brussels in 1933. I have several of his medals that he handed down to my father and then to me. My Grandfather came from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and fought in WWII as did my Grandmother who lived in Leatherhead, Surrey, England and where she served and where they met and where my father was born.

To them, to those serving now and to those that will serve in the future; thank you.

#430874 - 11/12/10 09:39 PM Re: Veterans Day [Re: Dereck]
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Registered: 08/05/04
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Good or bad, stupid or justified, conflict is human nature and here to stay, and recruiting will always rely on lies, ignorance, and/or money to get guys to go. Whatever your reason for going to war, when you get there it becomes meaningful because when you're there the only thing that matters is getting your friends home alive and surviving. That's about as meaningful as it gets. There's less bull [censored] there than back in the "real" world.
Member of DaJoGen MMA school under Dave Hagen and Team Chaos fight team under Denver Mangiyatan and Chris Toquero, ran out of Zanshin Martial Arts in Salem Oregon:,

#430920 - 11/17/10 02:52 AM Re: Veterans Day [Re: Stormdragon]
Mark Jordan Offline

Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 138
Loc: Burbank, California
Was once a Nuclear Weapons Guard Team Leader and Shore Patrol Squad Leader in the Navy. And yes, to all who served honorably in the military. Thank you and good job to all veterans.


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