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'The thing about remembering is that you don't forget'

CCRNRT 2012/05/28 13:45:10

(CNN) -- Thank you for your service.


We say those words more frequently now -- when we see men and women in uniform at the airport, when we accept a paper poppy from a veteran at the supermarket, when we sit next to a member of the military at a ballgame.


Thank you for your service.


It's a nice gesture,
true, but small. We say it, but then most of us go back to the rest of
our lives. It's a volunteer military these days, after all; we don't
have to serve, and we don't have to remember.















So we don't have to think
about the bitter cold of the Ardennes in the Battle of the Bulge. We
don't have to think about the steaming, confused jungles of the Vietnam
War, a war whose 50th anniversary is now being commemorated. We don't have to think about IEDs, and up-armored Humvees, and downed helicopters.


We don't have to think about the sacrifices. But we must.





















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  • Tennessee3501 2012/05/28 18:42:43
    Tennessee3501
    +1
    Very well said! I want us to remember our troops 365 days a year! We must never again allow our troops to be treated the way many of them were when they returned from Viet Nam! God Bless them all!
  • CCRNRT Tenness... 2012/05/28 19:20:34
    CCRNRT
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    Thank you
  • kfallslady 2012/05/28 16:15:28
    kfallslady
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    I say thank you to wether active duty or Veteran, I get all tearie eyed, they make me proud. The Flags alot our main road this morning were in place waves so pretty in the breeze. Happy Memorial Day everyone..... as I tear up.
  • CCRNRT kfallslady 2012/05/28 18:25:39
    CCRNRT
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    Happy Memorial Day to you and Thank you for your service
  • kfallslady CCRNRT 2012/05/28 19:06:53
    kfallslady
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    Thank you and for your service also soldier suluting American flag
  • Flamingolady 2012/05/28 13:48:50
    Flamingolady
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    As part of being an American, we should never forget the sacrifices that our military personnel have made for all Americans, and citizens around the world to ensure safety and freedom, with varying degrees of success. The service of our military is one of the most honorable in the world, and I for one, thank each and every one of them for preserving what freedom we have left.
  • CCRNRT Flaming... 2012/05/28 13:50:03
    CCRNRT
    thank you, I agree
  • westernslope~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/28 13:47:21
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    thanks to all that served
  • CCRNRT western... 2012/05/28 13:50:22
    CCRNRT
    +1
    thank you

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