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Old Dec 15, 2004, 11:54 PM   #1
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I would like to wish all of our American Soldiers a Happy Holiday Season.

Many people don't realize the sacrifice these people make for our freedom. All the things we take for granted may not be, if not for these people. I know because I am one of them.

I would like to quote the words from a song that I wrote about being a Soldier.

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I am proud to be a Soldier... And to keep my country free

And I'll always try to do my best... And be all that I can be

And I'm not afraid to listen... And I'm not afraid to fight

And I'm not afraid to stand up for... What I believe is right

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Cause I am a Soldier... And thats what I will be

And I'll fight... I'll fight for the right... I'll fight for the free

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You might see me in the paper... You might see me on TV

And where ever I am needed most... That is where I will be

And you never need to worry... Not as long as I am alive...

Cause I'll fight for truth and justice... Even if I have to die

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Cause I am a Soldier... And thats what I will be

And I'll fight... I'll fight for the right... I'll fight for the free

Hey... Look at me...

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Please post a pic or anything you like to honor our Troops.

Here is my uniform. I dug it out of the closet, where it was living since 1989.


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Old Dec 16, 2004, 2:22 PM   #2
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bobc thanks for serving our country when you did. To all those that have served or are serving now thank you too.
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Old Dec 16, 2004, 2:35 PM   #3
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We salute you and all the American soldiers. Bob, a big Thank You goes out to you and all those men and women who serve and have served in the armed forces. Thanks for protecting the freedom we enjoy here in the wonderful USA!
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Old Dec 16, 2004, 10:00 PM   #4
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Bob, I forgot to say nice lyrics. Make sure that when you become famous that you don't forget us little people.
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Old Dec 16, 2004, 10:55 PM   #5
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Thanks jer1ivp & Fox.

I am surpized more people did not post some sort of tribute, being the holiday season and all.

hmmm...

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Old Dec 16, 2004, 11:58 PM   #6
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well bob, you have to think of it this way

being the holiday season, a lot of people are in a rush picking up last minute gifts, making sure travel plans are still on, and that sort of thing, so don't be disappointed

also, thanks for your service to this country!

the soldiers fighting (now and in the past) have and do amaze me every day...putting their life on the line to keep the freedom in America!

there are too many people that don't appreciate the soldiers enough!

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Old Dec 17, 2004, 6:00 PM   #7
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Well, my dress uniform is 300 miles away at the base I serve at, because in early December we had a full dress inspection, and I did not feel like dragging it home so I left it in my locker. But I have not been able to send anything to the forum for a couple of days now, so tomorrow I'll have my wife upload a couple of scans (not taken by any of my cameras) We'll have a guessing game to see who can pick me out from the 12 same uniforms! :?
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Old Dec 17, 2004, 6:18 PM   #8
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There is a photo that is my desktop wallpaper that I would truly love to show you all as it is a very powerful photo.

It is of a young Marine's arrival back home after his seventh deployment in two years greeting his two young daughters. Out of respect for his profession, the Marines and his family and their privacy, I will not post the photo.However, it is very evident in the photo that for these two young children, a "deployment" is not a noun on CNN, but rather a life issue in their family. In the caption, it tells of these two young kids of a Marine who "kept it together" til their daddy deplaned then the tears flowed. The photo is of this Marine embracing his two young children.

Each day I boot my PC, I see this young father of two, knowing he is harm's way to ensure the freedoms we have here in the USA.

It is set as my wallpaper to remind me that Freedom is not free.

In my wallet I carry a photo of a young Marine, circa 1944 "somewhere in the South Pacific." I pull it out...look at it...and marvel that he made home after fighting for "the duration" returning home after four years away. It was no accident that he made it home. Marines had his back. Some of those same Marines did not make it back. I feel an eternal gratitude that can never be repayed for the Marines that had my father's back.

Bobc, this citizen, this son of a Marine, thanks you for your service. In your very courageous post earlier, you spoke of some pretty hard knocks in your life. Yet something remarkable has occurred. You carry on, reflective, accepting...and you truly care...about others, about the online folks here on the forum. And, Bob, I bet that uniform still fits.

On another note...

It is my dream that someday we will have a Steve's forum "Jamboree" in a scenic place...mountain country perhaps, perhaps on the coast, perhaps in the SW desert so that we have photo ops available. But, to me, it would be less about the photos themselves and more about comraderie.
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Old Dec 17, 2004, 6:28 PM   #9
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digcamfan... Wow...

In reading your post, I teared up... Really...

Are you that father of two?

And thank you for posting such an emotional tribute.

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Old Dec 17, 2004, 8:25 PM   #10
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No, Bobc, I am not the father of those two brave young kids.

It would, however, be an honor and a privelege to shake their daddy's hand someday and say...

"Thank you for service and sacrifice for your country."

You, Bobc, would be a plankowner of Steve's forum Jamboree if it ever happens!

Yeah!!!:-):idea:
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