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#3434 Apr 25, 2013
good morning every hope you have a great day <waves> Hi REDNECK AND DENNY :)

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#3435 Apr 25, 2013
LuAnn D wrote:
good morning every hope you have a great day <waves> Hi REDNECK AND DENNY :)
Hi Luann

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#3437 Apr 26, 2013
Janet Rattay
DID YOU HEAR?

Jimmy D. came home today,
No parade, no fanfare, no tomorrows;
A neighborhood filled with quiet sorrow.
It can’t be true is what they say,
Did you hear Jimmy D. came home today?

A freckle faced kid cut down in youth,
Searching for justice, searching for truth.
A gold star wife he left behind,
And a baby girl with answers to find.

I’ve watched them grow throughout the years,
Memorials, remembrances, amid the tears.
The baby girl quite a woman now,
She’s found his buddies, it took awhile.

Yes, Jimmy D. came home today,
In fact, we felt he never left,
We hold him close without regret,
He lives among us like all vets

©Copyright 2002 by Janet Rattay

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#3438 Apr 26, 2013
Rascal Flatts why Military Tribute

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#3439 Apr 26, 2013
LuAnn D wrote:
good morning every hope you have a great day <waves> Hi REDNECK AND DENNY :)
Good morning kitty :)

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#3440 Apr 26, 2013
It is amazing that your men and women will give up their life, if needed, in order to serve their country.

“cat lover”

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#3442 Apr 26, 2013
Denny CranesPlace wrote:
<quoted text>Good morning kitty :)
good moring to you to Denny and everyon that comes in and have a great day :)

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#3444 Apr 28, 2013
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social
studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something
not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the
school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed
all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'

She replied,'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'

They thought,'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

'Maybe it's our behavior.'

She told them,'No, it's not even your behavior.'

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said,'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.
Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said,'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006.

Please don't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans. Always remember them and the rights they have won for us.

God Bless America !

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#3446 Apr 28, 2013
God bless our troops, God bless America, God bless our veterans!

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#3449 Apr 29, 2013
A little laughter to lighten the day.

A WISE OLD MASTER CHIEF ONCE SAID

A young Ensign approaches the crusty old Master Chief and asked about the
origin of the commissioned officer insignias.
"Well," replied the Master Chief, " the insignias for the Navy are steeped
in history and tradition.
First, we give you a gold bar representing that you are very valuable but
also malleable.
The silver bar also represents significant value, but is less malleable.
Now, when you make Lieutenant, your value doubles, hence the two silver bars.
As a Captain, you soar over the military masses, hence the eagle.
As an Admiral, you are, obviously, a star.
Does that answer your question?"
"Yes Master Chief" replied the young Ensign. "But what about Lieutenant
Commander and Commander?"
"That, sir, goes waaaay back in history - back to the Garden of Eden. You
see we've always covered our pricks with leaves."
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#3450 Apr 29, 2013
NOW THEY TELL ME

During a commercial airline flight a Navy Chief was seated next to a young
mother with a baby in arms. When her baby began crying during the descent
for landing, the mother began nursing her infant as discreetly as possible.
The Chief pretended not to notice and, upon debarking, he gallantly offered
his assistance to help with the various baby-related articles. When the
young mother expressed her gratitude, he responded, "Gosh, that's a good
looking baby...and he sure was hungry!" Somewhat embarrassed, the mother
explained that her pediatrician said breast feeding would help alleviate the
pressure in the baby's ears. The Chief sadly shook his head, and in true US
Navy fashion exclaimed........ And all these years I've been chewing gum.

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#3451 Apr 29, 2013
SEAMANSHIP TEST

One time during the underway watch the OOD decided to test a Chief Petty
Officer's seamanship.
"Chief, what would you do if the forward watch fell off the side of the
ship?" "Easy, sir, I'd call 'Man Overboard' and follow the Man Overboard procedures."
"What would you do if an officer fell overboard?" "Hmmm," The Chief said,
"Which one, sir?"
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#3452 Apr 29, 2013
And something good to end it.

A Soldier, a Sailor, an Airman, and a Marine got into an argument about which service was "The Best." The arguing became so heated, that they eventually ended up killing each other. Soon thereafter, they found themselves at the Pearly Gates of Heaven. There they met St. Peter and decided that only he was the ultimate source of truth and honesty. They asked him, "St Peter, which branch of the American Armed Forces is the best?"

St. Peter instantly replies, "I can't answer that. But, I will ask God what he thinks the next time I see him."

Some time later the four saw St. Peter again. They reminded him of the question and asked if he was able to find the answer. Suddenly, a sparkling white dove landed on St. Peter's shoulder. In the dove's beak was a note with glistening gold dust.

St. Peter said to the four men, "Your answer from the Boss... Let's see what he says." St. Peter opened the note - trumpets blared, gold dust drifted into the air, harps played crescendos and St. Peter began to read it aloud to the four young men.

MEMORANDUM

TO: SOLDIERS, SEAMEN, MARINES, AND AIRMEN

FROM: GOD

SUBJECT: Which Military Service is the Best?

Gentlemen, all the Branches of the Armed Services are "honorable and noble." Each of you serves your country well and with distinction. Being a member of the American Armed Forces represents a special calling warranting special respect, tribute, and dedication. Be proud of that.

Very Respectfully
GOD CPO USN (Ret.)

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#3454 May 1, 2013
Janet Rattay
FOR THE CHILDREN

The sweet innocence of the children
Big dark eyes and beguiling grins;
Curious and anxious about the Americans
They want to touch their hearts and hands.

Just what do these children know about war
Their daily lives are consumed for sure
Perhaps it’s all they have ever known
Living their childhood in a conflict zone.

Soldiers offer kindness and smiles
Children giggle and forget their trials
Toys and candy and school supplies
Listen to their delighted cries.

To live in a country that is at peace
Should be every child’s right at least
Then the lamb and the lion
And all creatures of God
In harmony will be
To a world that is free.

©Copyright December 2003 by Janet Rattay

Submitted for the March 2004 IWVPA Club theme Project,“Children”

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#3455 May 1, 2013
United States Military Tribute (MOTIVATING)

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#3457 May 2, 2013
Janet Rattay
FOR THE LOVE OF A PARADE
(Remembering You on Veterans Day)

What if there wasn’t a parade
Would anyone stop and remember?
How then would the veteran feel
Like a fire with a dying ember?

Seeing veterans at just a glance
So few days of total remembrance:
From all the wars they exemplify
A life they live, a life they died.

Veterans come from near and far
In step with their comrades there are no scars.
For those few hours all’s right in their world
The flags they carry with pride unfurled.

Soldiers have not died in vain
We empathize and feel their pain;
Applaud and cheer as they march by
Tears do fall from a veteran’s eyes.

©Copyright November 2003 by Janet Rattay

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#3458 May 2, 2013
US Military Tribute- Lullaby

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Home, sweet home.

#3459 May 2, 2013
Thanks to are armed service, their families and support, we live in a free country.

God bless America!

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#3460 May 3, 2013
Good morning and thank you to all the service men and women God Bless :)

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#3461 May 3, 2013
Janet Rattay
FREEDOM SPOKE TO ME

In keeping with my summer tradition, I spent Fridays with some of my nieces. The day is for them and they get to choose how we are to spend it. A week or so ago, my niece Lucy, wanted to visit the Soldiers and Sailors National Military and Memorial Museum here in Pittsburgh.

The grand edifice was styled after the ancient Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We spent the day there and we both walked away with a profound respect for life as we know it.

The tour started with the Civil War presentation; the remnants of war that divided our nation. As I looked at an original drum and bugle, I heard the battle cry and… freedom spoke to me.

Moving along the Spanish American War display showcased original uniforms as did the soldiers in the trenches of World War I. Gas masks, Argonne Forest, a W.W. I German Helmut and… freedom spoke to me.

We continued on to W.W. II with Nazi flags and suitcases and shoes reminiscent of the Holocaust. Blood stained canteen and knapsack, old newspaper clippings, photographs and… freedom spoke to me.

The temperature changed quickly to snow and men in thin uniforms at the Chosin Reservoir, Korea – men fighting to the bitter end and… freedom spoke to me.

Vietnam – my generation – an ache from within. Western union telegram, black silk pajamas, conical hat, an authentic letter home from a POW, bamboo, cages and… freedom spoke to me.

To the heat of Desert Storm – sand, a different type of uniform and fatigues; the mannequin stared and… freedom spoke to me.

Names on an easel – Iraqi Freedom – still fighting and… freedom spoke to me.

To complete the tour there were two rooms – The Halls of Valor. Golden silence, prayers said, tears – for the spirits walk along side of you as you read their stories, see the medals and… freedom spoke to me.

We left the museum on that sunny day, a little subdued, a little wiser, and a lot more appreciative for the sacrifices made.

PS: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who submit their works to IWVPA for, through their writings, freedom speaks out to me.

©Copyright August 22, 2003 by Janet Rattay

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