To America's veterans: Thank You

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Today is Veterans’ Day, the day when we honor all the men and women who had served in our country’s Armed Forces.
The United States Army
The United States Army is 239 years old. It considers itself to be descended from the Continental Army and dates its inception from June 14, 1775, when the Continental army was formed even before the establishment of the United States, in order to fight for American Independence.

The United States Navy
The US Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States armed forces. The Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which was established during the American Revolutionary War and was essentially disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter. Depredations against American shipping by Barbary Coast pirates in the Mediterranean Sea spurred Congress to employ this power by passing the Naval Act of 1794 ordering the construction and manning of six frigates. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined.

The United States Marine Corps
The U.S. Marine Corps, a branch of the U.S. armed forces responsible for providing force projection from the sea, is 239 years old. It was founded on November 10, 1775, in Philadelphia, by Captain Samuel Nicholas. The USMC is famous for its expertise in amphibious warfare. Though the smallest of the US armed forces in the Department of Defense, the Marine Corps is nonetheless larger than the armed forces of many significant military powers; for example, it is larger than the active duty Israel Defense Forces and the entire British Army!

The United States Air Force
The US Air Force (USAF), the lead aerial warfare and space warfare service branch of the United States armed forces, is 67 years old. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed.

The United States Coast Guard
Founded by Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue Cutter Service on 4 August 1790, the Coast Guard is the United States’ oldest continuous seagoing service. As of August 2009, the Coast Guard had approximately 42,000 men and women on active duty, 7,500 reservists, 30,000 auxiliarists, and 7,700 full-time civilian employees. The Coast Guard motto is “Semper Paratus“, Latin for “Always Ready” or “Always Prepared”.

We thank you for all the sacrifices you made for America.
We admire you for your honor, courage, and spirit!
We love you for loving America so much you were willing to die to secure our freedom.
May God bless you and your family on this day and always!
P.S. A special “Thank You” to all the veterans among the readers of Fellowship of the Minds.
field of poppies

Poppies: A Poem for Veterans Day

By josephbc69

Imagine, that these poppies
should devote a hundred thousand years
to cover this field as they approach
the near mountain.
Then, relentlessly
soft and silent, a million years more
to ascend the slopes, claim the height
begrudged by sun and frost,
year by year, atom by atom.

Mere poppies: red flowers and green leaf,
consumed by unknowing sheep
who stand knee-deep in endless fields
of flowers, until they fall to ground
on dying, a mute transmission of blood.

Where then, to step? For they are
everywhere, red heads above green bodies,
and confound our progress.
We give up, and slowly accept
the fatality of all our moves.

Cautiously, stepping as carefully as we can
we advance, crushing the green, but sparing
the blossoms, as if they knew though helpless
to protest: resigned, a silent witness.

-11 December 1989 & 11 November 2015
Washington state & Esquimalt, BC


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0 responses to “To America's veterans: Thank You

  1. Thank You Dr. Eowyn. As a Navy Gunner’s Mate who served and Re-Enlisted during the Vietnam War, I am grateful to have served, and Thankful Beyond Words for All My Brothers and Sisters In Arms, who Commit To Sacrifice the moment they Take The Oath of Enlistment. To All of YOU: I Remember the cold, dark, lonely nights on The Midwatch, and the seemingly endless Separations from Loved Ones, and the Unspeakably Painful Loss of so many of my Brothers and Sisters, and the Chest-Swelling Pride I always felt at Attention To Colors. Long May Old Glory Wave, THANKS TO THOSE WHO SERVE.

  2. What a load of old codswallop! Granted, that there are a very few honourable men and women, past and present, who have and continue to serve in the American armed forces. But like with all things, the honourable ones number a very, very small percentage of the whole. Look at the record of members of the American government as a miserable example.
    The catalogue of American illegal invasions of smaller sovereign nations around the world in its entire history is ‘probably’ greater that all other nations put together. The carnage and destruction, the genocide, they have perpetrated out of abject evil can never be forgotten. America has been and continues to be the pariah of the world.
    So please, enough of the hypocrisy about the honour of the American armed forces.

    • dawes777:
      Your comment is a load of old codswallop.
      The blame should be placed not on the soldiers, but on the presidents and politicians who sent our military to places and wars where the U.S. should not be involved.

    • Listen up, Dawes:
      I’ve criticised the US and other nations for fifty-plus years, but NEVER the patriots who fought to save their country from what they were told was THE ENEMY.
      If mistakes were made, then it was their gubbmints who did so DELIBERATELY for whatever agenda it had. People died for those lies, and you can NEVER defame them in any way, you who owe your life for the loss of theirs.
      I’m so mad I’m weeping, not because of your incredibly mindless statements, but for them, for their families, for the life and children they never had. But you have a life because of them, and this is how you defile their sacrifice.
      You should fall on your knees and beg God for forgiveness, because I never will give it to you.

      • Joseph . . . God Bless you for setting “dawes777” straight. Your words ring loud and clear.

        • Auntie, he got me so upset my BP was up 20 points and I couldn’t speak very well! Then he has an idiot’s nerve to return here and continue his filthy message. Maybe he was sent to us as a test?

    • The soldiers don’t determine American foreign policy, nor do they declare the wars themselves, Cod Man. They may have fought and died for your right to criticize them, but in your case, I’d make an exception!

      • Can you tell how very pissed off this Dawes fool made me? And to prove what an ass he truly is, he has no problem making it public by such assinine remarks.
        And No, that’s not a spelling failure: Adjective
        assinine ‎(comparative: more assinine, superlative: most assinine)
        Alternative spelling of asinine

      • The one thing that none of us should ever forget is that each of us had such wonderfully good luck to be born in this land. No, America may not be perfect, but I hail her heroes who have answered their countries call–whether they personally judged it to be right or wrong. Each of us has had the benefit of individuals who stepped up to fight. In all the history of the Earth, such a very few have or will have the privilege of calling themselves an “American.”

    • Dawes777\
      And what did YOU do for your Country in its last battle?
      You’re not from around here,are you?

    • As a Vietnam Veteran, I say this to you, you piece of ignorant TRASH … F*CK YOU! You don’t have a CLUE as to what you say anything about. People like YOU are the downfall of society and the world in general. You liberal, scum sucking piece of dog crap!

  3. @dawes777: OBVIOUSLY, you are one of the pathetic, neutered Liberal Regressives who NEVER served Anyone or Anything, Except maybe Tea and Crumpets, or Lube for the Butthumpers in your circle. Please, Accept My Wholehearted Invitation for you to Direct A Stream Of Urine Upwards Along A Length Of Braided Hemp, and THEN, of course, Smoke it, as usual.

  4. To all those who served, including my grandfather, father and brother, Thank You.
    And let us always remember that the honorable service of men and women is morally superior to those holding political power.

  5. Thank you for the “Thank You.”  Here are the service birthdays:  National Guard (MA militia) 16 Dec 1636 [sounds like army to me].  Army 14 June 1775.  Navy 13 October 1775 [Marines 10 Nov 1775, but the marines were folder into the navy].  This is why when and where things are done right at joint service parades. The Army marches first because we are the oldest. Followed by the Navy…. AF last …

  6. On the street there is very little gratitude. But in my heart, the gratitude is endless.
    Thank you, all you who have run into harm’s way to defend your nation.


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