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The LAFD Asks “What Is A Vet”?

What is a Vet?

Every November 11th, the Los Angeles City  Fire Department posts the following tribute to veterans on its webpage. I share their thoughts and would like to share them with all of the Crusty Conservative’s readers.

“The Los Angeles Fire Department takes pride in its credo:

LA Fire Dept

“…at all times, service above self”.

There are times however, when our efforts – no matter how valiant – should be rightfully overshadowed. One such time on the 11th hour of  the 11th day of the 11th month. Please join us in taking time to ponder the following question…

vets

 WHAT IS A VET?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a    jagged scar, a certain look in their eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: a soul forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking.

What is a Vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia       sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She – or he – is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another -or- didn’t come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat – but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other’s backs.

He is the parade – riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean’s sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket – palsied now and aggravatingly slow – who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That’s all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, “THANK YOU”.

Remember, November 11th is Veterans Day.

 

One fine man probably summarized it best…

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC

Veterans day 2

Please Stay Safe, Be Well – and Never Forget!

Brian Humphrey Firefighter/Specialist Public Service Officer Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD website: http://www.lafd.org


Reposted by The Crusty Conservative 11/11/16

The Crusty Conservative

 Flying Flag w Eagle

“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

What more can be said?

 

An Independence Day Prayer

July 3rd, 2015

Dear Readers,

A friend ours sent us the following post with a request that we keep this going throughout the Independence Day weekend.

Please read it and then forward it to as many of your friends as possible.

Thank You & Happy Independence Day

“The Crusty Conservative”

Keep this going through July 4th

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I HOPE THERE ISN’T ANYONE ON MY E-MAIL LIST THAT WON’T KEEP THIS GOING.            

Happy 4th of July!…. 

Let’ s get this started ,NOW!

So it will be out there on the fourth!

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG,

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , AND TO THE REPUBLIC,

FOR WHICH IT STANDS,

ONE NATION UNDER  GOD ,  

INDIVISIBLE, WITH   LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!  

 

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For all of our other military personnel,

where ever they may be.
Please Support all of the troops defending our Country. 

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And God Bless our Military

who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.

Thanks to them, and their sacrifices,

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We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have,  of which we should be eternally grateful.

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I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.

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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.

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 I thought how many men like him

had fallen through the years.


How many died on foreign soil; 

how many mothers’ tears?

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How many pilots’ planes shot down?

How many died at sea?


How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?


NO, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!

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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.

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

mime-attachment (11)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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Enjoy Your Freedom   and 
God Bless Our Troops

When you receive this, please stop for a moment

and say a prayer for our servicemen

Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier,

prayer is the very best one.

      God Bless all!

 

“The Crusty Conservative” Honors…

…George Washington On His Birthday For What He Did Not Do!

 

Today on “The Father of Our Country” George Washington’s Birthday, Americans will bewashington thanksgiving remembering (hopefully) all of the many and great things that Washington did for this country and his numerous contributions to our freedom. The “Crusty Conservative” however chooses to honor him for something that he did not do which probably had a greater, more lasting and more profound effect on the United States than anything that he did do.

After the American Revolution and while the U.S. Constitution was being written and debated, great pressure was exerted on the drafters to establish the office of King of North America and to appoint George Washington to the throne. Fortunately, the effort failed primarily due to Washington’s outright opposition to establishing a monarchy and his outright, almost obstinate refusal to even consider becoming the first King of North America.

Of all of his numerous contributions to our country, his refusal to accept a monarchical form of government and his personal refusal to accept the Crown was undoubtedly one of, if not, his greatest acts. Without his courage in standing up and opposing those who wanted to establish a monarchy and refusing to accept their proffered appointment to become king, the United States would to this day be ruled by royalty –

God Forbid and

Thank God for George Washington!

An interesting foot note is that had Washington accepted the Crown and become king, it would have set up the greatest of ironies. In that, the Colonists would have fought a bloody and costly war to oust the tyrant King George III of England only to replace him with another King George (Washington) I.

    What was!                                                       What Might Have Been!

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King George III of England

Washington

       King George I of North America

The Crusty Conservative

 

The Crusty Conservative

 Flying Flag w Eagle

“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788


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A Tribute To All Veterans

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Please on this Veterans Day,

take four minutes to view this moving tribute to those men and women who have sacrificed so much so that we can all continue to be free…

Our Veterans

Click On The Above Image To Play The Tribute

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The Crusty Conservative

 Flying Flag w Eagle

“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

What Is A Vet?

What is a Vet?

Every November 11th, the Los Angeles City  Fire Department posts the following tribute to veterans on its webpage. I share their thoughts and would like to share them with all of the Crusty Conservative’s readers.

“The Los Angeles Fire Department takes pride in its credo:

LA Fire Dept

“…at all times, service above self”.

There are times however, when our efforts – no matter how valiant – should be rightfully overshadowed. One such time on the 11th hour of  the 11th day of the 11th month. Please join us in taking time to ponder the following question…

vets

 WHAT IS A VET?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a    jagged scar, a certain look in their eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: a soul forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking.

What is a Vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia       sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She – or he – is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another -or- didn’t come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat – but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other’s backs.

He is the parade – riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean’s sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket – palsied now and aggravatingly slow – who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That’s all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, “THANK YOU”.

Remember, November 11th is Veterans Day.

 

One fine man probably summarized it best…

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC

Veterans day 2

———————-

Please Stay Safe, Be Well – and Never Forget!

Brian Humphrey Firefighter/Specialist Public Service Officer Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD website: http://www.lafd.org

 

What more can be said?

The Crusty Conservative

11/11/13

 

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