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Old 11-24-2004, 06:19 PM   #121
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To the service men and women who serve our country, Thank You for a job well done!

A Soldier's Thanksgiving Day Message ~
Throughout our great nation on this Thanksgiving, Americans will gather around the dinner table with family and friends to share good food, warm laughter, and the happy memories of Thanksgivings past. But for many of these families, whose loved ones serve in the Armed Forces, this year's Thanksgiving celebration will not be complete. A familiar voice will not be heard and a chair at the table will remain empty because fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, uncles and aunts, and grandparents, too, are far from home protecting the blessings we celebrate this season.

Over seas, soldiers will gather in buildings or tents and celebrate as friends and comrades. On ships at sea, sailors will gather in the mess to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving fare. In the remote areas airmen will gather for a brief respite from monitoring the skies over seas. And in other areas , Marines will gather to cheer on their favorite football team after their Thanksgiving meal. These scenes will be repeated at military installations far and near, at home in America and across the globe.

So as those of us who are blessed to be with our families this year celebrate and give thanks, we will not forget the homes that have an empty chair at the table. And we will offer a prayer of thanksgiving for you, the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, whose service and sacrifice guarantee the freedoms we hold so dear.

On behalf of your grateful fellow Americans, We like to extend our best wishes to all of you for a joyous and safe Thanksgiving.

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Old 01-10-2005, 04:07 PM   #122
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My good friend and deacon at our church:

SSG Brad Eavenson
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Stationed in Camp Bucca, Iraq

Due home Oct. 05

In my prayers every day.
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:44 PM   #123
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Thumbs up On a Business trip...

I was down in Jackson, MS yesterday on business and a group of us went out for dinner. We were all sitting around deciding on our selections when 2 soldiers in uniform walked in and sat down at an adjacent table. Everyone in my group scrambled frantically to be the first to buy them their beverage of choice. Finally, we said to hell with just beverages and picked up their entire tab for the night.

I have never experienced 2 more polite individuals in my life. They seemed genuinely embarrassed at our generosity. To us, it wasn't generosity at all, it was the least that we could do for these brave young men and women who defend what we take for granted sometimes.

One thing I will say is, I learned a valuable lesson last night in "Taking Things For Granted". I will do my best to never do that again.

"God Bless America" and these fine young men and women who defend her!!!

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Old 01-12-2005, 07:51 PM   #124
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From this proud military family Neptune, I say:

God Bless You!
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Old 01-12-2005, 08:00 PM   #125
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My DH, a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserves is in Iraq. Hopefully home late summer. Looking forward to his leave soon.

Neptune, what a nice gesture.
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:09 PM   #126
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On a Business Trip...

While I appreciate the thanks it's not necessary at all. I took one look at these proud young men (actually more like children to me) and it suddenly really hit home! These people are truly America's FINEST and deserve everything we can do for them. A simple gesture like buying dinner isn't nearly enough for the debt that we owe these incredible individuals.

I thought about all the people we really venerate on a daily basis:
- Sports Figures
- Immoral Religious Folks
- Crooked Politicians
The list goes on and on...it occured to me that we really have our priorties in the wrong place. These are the people we owe a debt of honor to.

Then I thought about my father (Retired Navy Chief) and my father-in-law (Ex-Marine) and reflected on the sacrifices they made to put America in the position it's in today during the War II campaigns. I mean where we would be today without people like the two I met in Jackson.

God Bless them and God Bless you, the families, who live through these sacrifices. You, the military families, are the ones who need to be venerated to the highest levels possible. You and your families are the true heroes of America.

God Bless you all...because of folks like you better days are coming for all of America!!!!

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Old 01-14-2005, 12:55 AM   #127
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Add to the list:

Dave Loague: serving in Iraq for the army. He's from Dorsey, MS. He's been in Iraq for over a year now. Prayers would be appreciated.

William Wilson: just went to Iraq this week. He is in the National Guard and from Plantersville, MS. His wife (one of my best friends) is a wreck and could use any prayers you can spare for her Dh.

One of my other best friends has a brother that just went to Iraq. He is from Tupelo, MS. I honestly can't remember what branch he is serving for or even his name, but any prayers will still be appreciated.
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Old 01-14-2005, 08:57 AM   #128
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My newphew (22, turning 23) USMC (enlisted for 8 years, still have 5 more to go) will be going to Iraq this summer. He was somewhere in Africa in 2002 for 8 months and now their batch is heading back out and this time it is Iraq.

Our thoughts and prayers for all military men/women..."Lord please wrap your arms around our military men/women to give them strength and keep them safe. Please comfort them as you comfort their families who are waiting for their safe returns. Please help us find peace in this world."
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:55 AM   #129
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For the six guardsmen from south Louisiana who are being buried today and tomorrow.... .....prayers for their families in this time of grief.
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Old 01-14-2005, 08:09 PM   #130
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Please add a family friend, Ray, he is a guardsman in Kirkuk. Please keep him in your prayers! He has 2 older boys ( one in HS one in college) and a wonderful wife.
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Old 01-16-2005, 03:12 AM   #131
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Please remember my brother who has just left for Afghanistan and will be gone for at least 4 months. He has 3 children and a very dear wife (like a sister to me).

We will be keeping all of our military in our prayers as always.
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Old 01-16-2005, 03:11 PM   #132
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Don't waste your time clicking on the link to skratchy's post. It was very distasteful. It is truly a shame when someone thinks they need to post things against our military and to have the nerve to not post it in English.
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Old 01-29-2005, 04:30 PM   #133
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My uncle John leaves in a few days (returning, he's already been there) for Iraq. His daughter got married this past year, and her husband, Russell, just left as well.

A friend of my husband's family(Rex)has also been placed in Iraq as a gunman.

I don't know where any of them are stationed or the names of their groups, but please keep them in your prayers.
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Old 01-29-2005, 04:32 PM   #134
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Just another thought...keep our veterans in your prayers as well. My brother was in Desert Storm, and I think it bothers him every day to not be able to finish what he started. Once a soldier, always a soldier, and they all believe in what they are fighting for - freedom. So keep your prayers with those that have fought for us, and no longer can, they have need for our thoughts and thanks as well.
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Old 01-29-2005, 04:36 PM   #135
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sunny04-I am right there with you in keeping our veterans in our prayers as well. All of our service people do so much for us and continue to do so. Thanks for the reminder.
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