You could have heard a pin drop

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  1. MT4XFore

    MT4XFore Well-Known Member

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    When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked
    > by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an
    > example of empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying,
    > 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men
    > and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.
    > The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to
    > bury those that did not return.
    >
    > You could have heard a pin drop.
    >
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    > Then there was a conference in France where a number of international
    > engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a
    > break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have
    > you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
    > carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
    > intended to do, bomb them?' A Boeing engineer stood up and replied
    > quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat
    > several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply
    > emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three
    > cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day,
    > they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea
    > water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in
    > transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We
    > have eleven such ships; how many does France have? '
    >
    > You could have heard a pin drop
    >
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    > A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
    > Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.
    > At a cocktail
    > reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers
    > that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was
    > chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French
    > admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many
    > languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it
    > that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
    > speaking French?'
    >
    > Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because
    > the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you
    > wouldn't have to speak German.'
    >
    > You could have heard a pin drop.
    >
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    > A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a
    > tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by
    > plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
    > in his carry on. 'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the
    > customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had
    > been to France previously. 'Then you should know enough to have your
    > passport ready.' The American said, 'The last time I was here, I
    > didn't have to show it.' 'Impossible. Americans always have to show
    > your passports on arrival in France!' The American senior gave the
    > Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. 'Well, when I
    > came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this
    > country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to.'
    >
    > You could have heard a pin drop
    >
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    >
    > What Is A Veteran?
    >
    > A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve --
    > is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made
    > payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to,
    > and including his life.'
    >
    > That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country
    > today, who no longer understand that fact.
     
  2. Willys46

    Willys46 Well-Known Member

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    Those Who haven't Served

    As for the veterans that served our country I say thank you!

    I was fortunate in my life to be blessed with athletic ability that allowed me a trip to college. To this day every time I look in the mirror I feel guilty for taken advantage of the freedoms and opportunities that others have given there lives for. If not for my wife and responsibilities that I accrued in college, I would have enlisted. What have I done to help my fellow Americans..?

    Most if not all veterans I know do not whish anything in return but a thank you and the respect they earned.

    For those that have served, THANK YOU..
     

  3. Jim Oliver

    Jim Oliver Well-Known Member

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    Noticed this thread while surfing the site..........

    Tought it worth "recycling".

    Thanks and honor to those who have kept us free, and to those presently serving.

    Jim