The Average Age Of Military Man Is 19 Years Old

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FRIENDS ARE BORN... NOT MADE




This is a poem being sent from a Marine to his Dad.


For those who take the time to read it,
you'll see a letter from him to his Dad at the bottom.

It makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but ALL of our troops.


THE MARINE



We all came together,
Both young and old
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.




In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around.




Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I'll give my life,
So you can live the American way.




I give you the right
To talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
and protest in our streets.




But still I fight on;
I don't bitch; I don't whine.
I'm just one of the people
Who is doing your time.




I'm harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine.
I'm the immortal soldier,
I'm a U.S. MARINE!




So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they've shown.




Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So they all may have
The greatest freedom you've won.




Fight for the sick;
Fight for the poor.
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.




But when your time comes,
Do what I've done.
For if you stand up for freedom,

You'll stand when the fight's done.




By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US Marine Corps
USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF
]March 23, 2003

Hey Dad,

Do me a favor and label this "The Marine" and send it to everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US ; I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn't that long and I don't have much time anyway. You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in His inaugural speech.


"When the time comes to lay down my life for my country,
I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it!"


Well, now I know. And I do. Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.
Aaron


Aaron was ass
asinated by an IRAQ soldier while he was on patrol with 2 days leftafter his Dad received this poem and letter

Please let this Marine (and all our military) know we care by passing his poem onto your friends even if you don't usually take time to forward mail... do it this time!

Thanks


If this touched you as much as it touched me, please forward it on.
Let's help Aaron's dad spread the word...


FREEDOM isn't FREE

...someone pays for you and me.




"Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once."




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Here is another tune that I think
makes sense to be here on this thread.
It's the story about Two Little Boys who grow up.
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Squirt, loved the picture. To many military families are doing that these days.
May they all come home soon.
 

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[QUOTE="Drifter, post: 1860282]Tonymak, that was great. I liked the one "I was only 19" best[/quote]
Thanks Drifter,
It just made alot of sense to have it here on this thread,
with all the trouble and toil that is going on around this world.
 

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MY SWEET TONYMAK FOR POSTING THIS HON. DON,T KNOW WHEN YOU POSTED IT BUT I JUST NOW FOUND IT. IT IS A GREAT ADDITION. HUGS AND LOVE DEAR TONYMAK. SUNNY SKY:inlove: :inlove: :inlove:
 

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[QUOTE="sunny sky, post: 1871503][QUOTE="Tonymak, post: 1860344]

MY SWEET TONYMAK FOR POSTING THIS HON. DON,T KNOW WHEN YOU POSTED IT BUT I JUST NOW FOUND IT. IT IS A GREAT ADDITION. HUGS AND LOVE DEAR TONYMAK. SUNNY SKY:inlove: :inlove: :inlove: [/quote]
Thankyou Sunny!:bigsmile:
 

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For the brave soldiers who gave their lives to save our
Nation from terrorism by a godless, cowardly, evil regime
In this war to liberate a people who have been beaten down,
Murdered, oppressed, and very possibly may never understand
The extent of the dedication, honor, and commitments to duty
That our soldiers carry in their hearts for this
United States of America.

The America who treats their prisoners of war by
Offering aid to the wounded, giving humane treatment to
Our enemies. The America who is willing to place our precious
Assets of trained men and women on the line, not considering the
Heavy cost of the goal of protecting us from certain aggression
From the cowardly people who plot terrorism to our homeland,
Men who are not worthy to wipe the boots of our soldiers!
We are enraged at the ungodly and inhumane actions of the
Enemy of free people! May God be their judge!

You fought and died for what our nation stands for.
Liberty and justice for all and the right to dignity and peace!
The America who is willing to go that mile to liberate people
Who have known only fear and uncertainty, because America
Believes that murder and tyrannical rule should not ever be
Allowed to flourish on the face of this earth again.

You died, yes, giving your self sacrificially for we the people of
The United States and all she stands for so our children and
Grandchildren may be free. And we have no words that could
EVER tell you how much we honor you and thank you.
There are no such words!!

We've prayed that you are safely in the hands of our Lord Jesus!
We prayed before you went and we will continue to pray .. For
Your fellow soldiers and your families who have sacrificed more
Than we can say. We will continue to pray that God will come to
Our aid to swiftly end this war and let there be a victory shout that
Can be heard all around the world!
You'll hear it and then you'll know that we did our best
Because you gave us your best!

We WILL remember you!!
We WILL NOT FORGET!!
We will strive to live up to your courage and sacrifice
And make you proud that you were all you could be
For us. We will be all we can be for YOU!
IN HONOR OF YOU WHO ARE GONE
BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!!



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I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington
No, freedom isn't free


 

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GERALD SENT ME THIS VIA E-MAIL. SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE WITH YOU. HUGGIES!!! PRAY FOR THE LIVEING GOD BLESS THE DEAD!!

Wake Up Call From Luke AFB, AZ
>
> Check this out...
>
> Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by
> civilization
> that complains about the noise from the base and its planes,
forgetting
> that it was there long before they were.
>
> Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the

> local
> paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day
at the
> mall. When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer,
it
> must have stung quite a bit.
>
> The complaint:
>
> "Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: Whom do we thank for
the
> morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 a.m., a tight
> formation
> of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing
west
> over
> Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our
> good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up
call,
> or
> were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird
special?
> Any
> response would be appreciated."
>
> The response:
>
> Regarding "A wake-up call from Luke's jets" (Letters, Thursday): On
June
> 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship flyby of
F-16s
> from
> the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave
of
> Capt. Jeremy Fresques.
>
> Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed
at
> Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.
At 9
> a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial
Park
> in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.
>
> Based on the letter writer's recount of the flyby, and because of the
jet
> noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of
taps, or
> my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them
their
> son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all
those
> veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they
have
> endured. A four-ship flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays
to
> those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional
> aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter
> writer
> witnessed was four officers lining up to pay
> their ultimate respects.
>
> The letter writer asks, "Whom do we thank for the morning air show?"
The
> 56th Fighter Wing will call for you, and forward your thanks to the
widow
> and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in
their
> honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their
lives.
>
> Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
>
> CO 63rd Fighter Squadron
>
> Luke AFB



"We're just trying to keep on keeping on!!
 

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THANK YOU ALL
FOR ALL THE ADD ONS
BIG HUGS TO ALL
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Here is a song of a soldier. He fought for freedom and still suffers from its after effects today. He could be from any army, from any country in this world.




It is a song about the suffering during and after the Vietnam conflict.

But, this could be a song of any war,

past, present or future.
If you know of any vet, sit back, listen and think about them..


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This sounds like a great idea.

>>
>>>
>>> OUR TROOPS SHOULD SEE THIS TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT THEU ARE FIGHTING FOR
>>> AND WE SUPPORT THEM.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE
>>> forward this email immediately to everyone in your address book asking
>>> them to also forward it. We have a little less than one week and
>> counting
>>> to get the word out all across this great land and into every community
>>> in the
>>> United States of America. If you forward this email to least 11 people
>> and
>>> each of those people do the same...you get the idea.
>>> THE PROGRAM IS THIS:
>>> On Tuesday, September 11th, 2007, an American flag should be
>>> displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the
>> United
>>> States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an
>> American
>>> flag on this anniversary of our country's worst tragedy. We do this in
>>> honor
>>> of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and
>> loved
>>> ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are
>> fighting at
>>> home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
>>> In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was
>>> bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and
>>> stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have
>>> all but
>>> disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it
>>> shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our
>> American
>>> flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over
>>> terrorism of all kinds.
>>> Action Plan: So, here's what we need you to do...
>>> (1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11
>>> people). Please don't be the one to break this chain. Take a moment
>> to
>>> think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide
>> you.
>>> (2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11.
>>> Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you
>>> don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.
>>> Thank you for your participation.
>>> God Bless You and God Bless America
>>>
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------

OUR TROOPS!!!
 

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Are You There, Lord?


Are You there, Lord? Do you see it?
Can you hear the battle cries
Of the young men bombing targets
From their war planes in the skies?
Our world is going mad, Dear Lord,
It seems to be insane
And everything they're doing, Lord,
They're doing in Your Name.

Dear Lord, our hearts are heavy
And ashamed for what we do.
How can we do such hateful things
Then say that we love You?
Instead of drawing closer to You,
Lord in every way,
It seems we've turned our backs on You
In all we do and say.

Are You there, Lord? Do you hear us?
Are you listening when we pray?
Do you know how much we need You now
In every single way?
Why must we go to war again?
Why must we be such fools?
How can the world turn right from wrong
When we've broken all Your rules?

Dear Lord, if You are out there,
Forgive the things we do.
Forgive us if we've done it wrong
And the hurt that we've caused You.
Please lift this burden from us
And wipe away our tears -
Or are our pleas just wasted
In the ashes of our fears?

Are You there, Lord? Will You answer?
Did You feel our pain begin?
You must be feeling something
For this suffering we are in.
It wasn't us who asked for war,
We wanted to be free,
But circumstances made us change
And now we have no peace.

Dear God, Why are You silent?
Aren't You hearing us at all?
Are You angry that we made the choice
To answer hatred's call?
Don't turn Your face away, Dear God,
Don't leave us on our own.
Just let us know that You're still there;
Don't make us walk alone.

Are You there, Lord? Can You hear us?
You seem so far away.
We need You more than ever, Lord,
To guide us through this day.
Don't close Your ears and eyes to us
Please let us know You care.
We're reaching out to you, Dear Lord,
We need to know You're there.

~~~~~~~

I'm here and I can hear you, my precious, precious child.
Be still for just one moment, I'm right there at your side.
I know how much you're hurting, the awful things you've seen.
I'll comfort you and give you strength, if you will lean on Me.
There's absolutely nothing, child, that you could say or do
That would make me love you any less, or turn My back on you.
How can I make you understand, that you and I are one?
My spirit lives within your soul, you cannot walk alone.

And even though I've told you this, so many times before,
In Psalms, in poems, in stories, in grace and by the law
That hatred is a cancer, it eats the heart of man.
You must learn to turn the other cheek if you want to live again.
I've sent you wondrous teachers, to every land and creed.
Yet still you always doubt My Word, that you are one with Me.
The world is My creation, My breath brought you to life.
You must learn to love your enemies, if your earth is to survive.

You have to try and understand, there is no other choice.
When all have learned this simple truth, then heaven will rejoice.
For the gates into My kingdom are always open wide,
Every race and all religions are welcome there inside.
For you are all My children, no matter what you do.
I hate the sin but love the child, and that, dear one, is true.
Go out and fill each heart with love; touch every soul you see.
Tell everybody who they are and that they are one with Me.

I Love You.


Written by:
Judi Whittaker © 2001






Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
 

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I don't know who put this together, but I sure would like to shake his hand, pat him on the back, and wish him, "Good Hunting!"

I Am Coming!

Dear Terrorists,

I am a Navy Aviator. I was born and raised in a small town in New England. I come from a family of five. I was raised in a middle class home and taught my values by my mother and father. My dad worked a series of jobs in finance and my mom took care of us kids. We were not an overly religious family but attended church most Sundays. It was a nice small Episcopal Church. I have a brother and sister and I am the youngest in my family. I was the first in many generations to attend college. I have flown Naval aircraft for 16 years. For me the flying was never a lifelong dream or a "calling," it just happened. I needed a job and I liked the challenge. I continue to do it today because I feel it is important to give back to a nation which has given so much to me. I do it because, although I will never be rich, my family will be comfortable. I do it because many of my friends have left for the airlines and someone has to do it. My government has spent millions to train me to fly these multi-million dollar aircraft. I make about 70,000 dollars a year and after 20 years will be offered a pension. I like baseball but think the players make too much money. I am in awe of firemen and policemen and what they do each day for my community, and like teachers, they just don't get paid enough. I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger. I'm not sure about kids these days but I think that's normal for every generation. I tell you all this because when I come for you, I want you to know me. I won't be hiding behind a woman or a child. I won't be disguised or pretending to be something I am not. I will be in a U.S. issue flight suit. I will be wearing standard US issue flight gear, and I will be flying a navy aircraft clearly marked as a US warplane. I wish we could meet up close in a small room where I could wrap my hands around your throat and slowly squeeze the life out of you, but unfortunately, you're hiding in a hole in the ground, so we will have to do this a different way. I want you to know also that I am very good at what I do. I can put a 2,000 lb. weapon through a window from 10,000 feet up. I generally only fly at night, so you may want to start sleeping during the day. I am not eager to die for my country but I am willing to sacrifice my life to protect it from animals like you. I will do everything in my power to ensure no civilians are hurt as I take aim at you. My countrymen are a forgiving bunch. Many are already forgetting what you did on Sept 11th. But I will not forget!!

I am coming. I hope you know me a little bit better, see you soon ... sleep tight.

Signed
A U.S. Navy Pilot


Our Soldiers are one of our greatest assets!
God Bless

In God We Trust and God Bless The U.S.A.
 

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"I'm Tired." By Joe Repya, Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army 101st Airborne Division



Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq , I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I'll return to Iraq to finish my tour.



I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam . Maybe it's because I'll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I'm tired:



I'm tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican who lack the courage, fortitude, and character to see these difficult tasks through.



I'm tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough. I'm tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they 'Support the Troops' by wanting them to 'Cut and Run' before victory is achieved.



I'm tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.



I'm tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy over night.



I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.



I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.



I'm tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers. A family who's loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.



I'm tired that my generation, the Baby Boom-Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can't stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.



I'm tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.



I'm tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.

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Mostly, I'm tired that the people of this great nation didn't learn from history that there is no substitute for Victory.



Sincerely,



Joe Repya



Lieutenant Colonel , U. S. Army,
101st Airborne Division






















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