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November 11: Rememberance Day (Canada) and Veteran's Day (USA)

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 10:44 AM

I saw this on a couple of blogs this week and wanted to share.  You'll find something you can use at the end.

 

The average age of the military man is 19 years.

He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.

He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student , pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.

He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark.

He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.

He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other.

He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.

He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home , he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom.

Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the CANADIAN Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 142 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

A Prayer wheel for our military...pass this on after a short prayer. Prayer Wheel 'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

 

When you see this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmen in the air. Of all the gifts you could give a CANADIAN {and American} Airman, Soldier, or Sailor, prayer is the very best one.

 

Another gift you can send is a card.  Please click on the link below to download a free digital card that I created.  You can upload it to photo printing sites such as Walmart and print multiple copies to send abroad, or email a copy to your loved ones.  Don't just remember their sacrifices once a year - it's never too late to say thank you.

 

 

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4 Comments

Reply Barbara
8:30 AM on November 7, 2010 
how wonderful that you came up with the digital card. I'm sure a lot of our soldiers will be happy to receive it.
Reply ava-j
4:17 AM on November 10, 2010 
Hi. That post really moved me...and I'm neither American or Canadian, but even Filipinos have their troops, so I've countrymen who are also putting their lives on the line. Thank you for sharing!
Reply HighDesertGal
3:46 PM on November 10, 2010 
Thank you for the post and the card I will make sure I use it.
Reply pauli
1:13 PM on November 11, 2010 
Thanks for sharing this as a reminder that "our boys" are still in peril to defend our freedom.
I also have a button on my blog for "operation write home dot com" where people can send cards for soldiers to send home.

I will print and mail this card though!

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