You could have heard a pin drop

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MT4XFore, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. MT4XFore

    MT4XFore Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2005
    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.
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    > 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
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    > 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.
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    > 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
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    > 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

    Oct 4, 2006
    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

    Jan 2, 2007
    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.