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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:

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“…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…

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 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

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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

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“… 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?

 

Fly your American Flag tomorrow to honor our veterans !

Please join the Crusty Conservative

in flying your American Flag tomorrow

(11/11/16)…

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to honor the manyVeterans day 2

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and to thank the thousands of men and women who have proudly served over the years in the

United States Military Services

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“… 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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Fly your American Flag tomorrow to honor all of our vets !

Please join the Crusty Conservative

in flying your American Flag tomorrow

(11/11/15)…

American flag flying

to honor the manyVeterans day 2

United States Veterans

and to thank the thousands of men and women who have proudly served over the years in the

United States Military Services

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 Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation,I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passersbys do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his American Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
The Crusty Conservative

The Crusty Conservative

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“… 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

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“… 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

Please Fly Your American Flag Tomorrow To Salute All Of Our Veterans

Please join the Crusty Conservative

by flying your American Flag tomorrow

(11/11/14)…

American flag flying

to honor the manyVeterans day 2

United States Veterans

and to thank the thousands of men and women who have proudly served over the years in the

United States Military Services

cropped-Copy-of-Flying-Flag-w-Eagle.gif

 Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation,I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passersbys do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his American Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
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


Click Here To Visit The Crust Conservative’s” Website