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Veteran's Day


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Today is Veteran's Day in the United States. It's called Rememberance Day in Canada. Regardless of what it's called in other places, the sentiments behind this day remains the same everywhere.

Some will remember those that have laid their lives down to defend their country, while others will reflect on past service member's contributions.

Sadly, there are are alot of people that will only look at it as another holiday, a day to take off work, another one of those 'damn federal holidays' where they won't get mail, can't go to the bank, etc.

This day isn't just for remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice, but for all that have stepped up to serve their country.

Say what you will about American Country Music, but I submit two videos that I think in their own hauntinly way epitomizes Veteran's Day.

Let us not forget those who stood ready to lay down their lives to defend our country and the way of life that we all too often take for granted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB76cYS8Ehw

I never thought that this is where I'd settle down,

I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown,

They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men,

for a job well done.

There's a big white house sits on a hill just up the road,

The man inside; he cried the day they brought me home,

They folded up a flag, and told my mom and dad, 'We're proud of your son'.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,

I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,

I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,

I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones,

I made it to Arlington.

I remember daddy brought me here when I was eight,

We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay,

And when we finally found that cross,

He said, 'Son this is what it cost, to keep us free'.

Now here I am a thousand stones away from him,

He recognized me on the first day I came in,

And it gave me a chill, when he clicked his heels, and saluted me.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,

I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,

And I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,

I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones,

I made it to Arlington.

And every time I hear, twenty-one guns,

I know they brought another hero home, to us.

We're thankful for those thankful for the things we've done,

We can rest in peace, 'cause we are the chosen ones,

We made it to Arlington, yea, dust to dust

Don't cry for us, we made it to Arlington.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0mm4u2VzDs&feature=related

I was there in the winter of '64

When we camped in the ice at Nashville's doors

Three hundred miles our trail had led

We barely had time to bury our dead

When the Yankees charged and the colors fell

Overton Hill was a living hell

When we called retreat it was almost dark

I died with a grapeshot in my heart

Say a prayer for peace

For every fallen son

Set my spirit free

Let me lay down my gun

Sweet mother Mary I'm so tired

But I can't come home 'til

the last shot's fired

In June of 1944

I waited in the blood of Omaha's shores

Twenty-one and scared to death

My heart poundin' in my chest

I almost made the first seawall

When my friends turned and saw me fall

I still smell the smoke, I can taste the mud

As I lay there dying from a loss of blood

I'm in the fields of Vietnam,

The mountains of Afghanistan

And I'm still hopin', waitin', prayin'

I did not die in vain

[Choir:]

Say a prayer for peace (for peace)

For our daughters and our sons

Set our spirits free (set us free)

Let us lay down our guns

[Trace:]

Sweet mother Mary, we're so tired

But we can't come home (No

we can't come home)

[Choir:]

'Til the last shot's fired

In closing, as a Veteran myself; I would like to thank each and every one of you who have served before me,and who will serve after me. It is your dedication to your country that has kept us free, and will continue to ensure that freedom's light will continue to burn brightly.

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