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Honor should be given all year

Posted in Culture, Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by rylanreed

I couldn’t find this online, so I thought it would be good to just put it down here.

Monday, November 12, 2012 — DailyNebraskan.com

Our View — Take time to honor nation’s veterans this week

War is an ugly thing, and if we lived in a perfect world there would be no such thing as a veteran soldier.  But as it is, conflicts arise and soldiers respond. Risking their lives for the benefit of our great nation, veterans deserve our thanks at the very least.  As you are aware, Sunday was Veterans Day. We hope you did your part in thanking a veteran, whether a family member or friend, and showed your appreciation for the sacrifice done in part by our soldiers.
However, it goes without saying that we shouldn’t be thankful on a few select days throughout the year. Soldiers don’t protect our nation for only a few days – its a lifelong commitment.  Even after they have served our nation in times of conflict, the effects of war are lasting, and the results are often taken for granted.
We are living in a free nation today because of the brave men and women who have fought and served in our military throughout history, as we as those who continue to fight for our freedom today. Many have sacrificed their life protecting a freedom they held dear to their heart just so we could live it, and others endure nightmares and post-war anxiety so we can be safe at home without those things.
There are many ways to show your support or appreciation, and they aren’t confined to just a single day a year.  This week, outside of Runza in the Nebraska Union, there will be opportunities to write a note or letter to a U.S. soldier currently serving overseas. There are always options for volunteering at the local Veterans Affairs office, or getting involved in programs like the Veterans Support Foundation.
The Daily Nebraskan would like to say thank you to all of those who have served in combat as well as all of those who have fallen while protecting our freedom.  Our appreciation for the sacrifices made goes beyond print, and we are forever thankful for your services.   Opinion@DailyNebraskan.com   Andrew Dickinson – Editor-in-Chief

I couldn’t put it in better words.  Thank you, to the men and women that are serving overseas and on the front-lines of the United States.  Thank you veterans, for all you have done to make this country what it is today, and for the freedom we have to live in this great United States of America.

Another good place to go/help is Wounded Warrior Project.  I’m sure there are many more, but this had been on my mind.  The greatest casualty is being forgotten.

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Veterans Day

Posted in Holiday, Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by rylanreed

We really should be saying thanks each and every day for what the men and women of the armed forces; retired, on duty, or deceased, do for this country and us living in it, not just on Veterans Day.  THANK YOU VETERANS! Thanks for all you did in service to this country in giving us the freedom we take for granted most days.  Thank you for being places and doing things that a lot of people couldn’t even see themselves being capable of.  Thank you for your courage and diligence to continue to make this country what it is today.  We are not perfect, the country is not perfect, but you gave your heart towards it and we thank you for that.  I want to especially thank my dad for serving this country for 21 years in the Air Force, and retiring as a Lt. Colonel.  Thanks dad, you are my hero!

Such a tragedy

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2010 by rylanreed

I was a little bit angry and somewhat frustrated at how the Nebraska-Texas Big Twelve Championship game finished (and am still a little to this day, which I shouldn’t be) but there was never a thought to go this far. I would not say that this was intentional at all, definitely from what I have read in some of the atricles, I am just really confused as to why there would be a gun around them at all in that kind of a situation. They are marines, so I am sure that weapons are around them all the time, but it doesn’t make much sense. I do pray for the families and friends that were affected by this troubling situation.

The National Anthem ~ Veterans day

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2009 by rylanreed

This is the first video I saw of the four girls from Lubbock, Texas and was amazed by their harmony. This is great, at a Texas Tech Basketball game:

A good video of how the girls think of the different songs they sing:

Also, Happy Veterans day.  Thanks to all of you who served in our Armed Forces, either in battle on in the offices making the calls and the machinery that helps those out in the field.  And dad, thanks for serving for 21 years in the Air Force!!

For the Soldiers!

Posted in Patriotic, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2009 by rylanreed

There are a lot going around the United States about war and why our military keeps getting involved in different circumstances that put our men and women in life’s dangers.  There is and has been a call from the people to “bring our soldiers back!” I know that it can be hard to think sometimes, that what are military is doing is good, but take a step back and think through these things, a poem that I found on a friends website, and see where we came from:

It Is The Soldier

It Is The Soldier not the reporter,  who has given US Freedom of the press

It Is The Soldier not the poet,  who has given US Freedom of speech

It Is The Soldier not the campus organizer,  who has given US the Freedom to demonstrate

It Is The Soldier not the lawyer,  who has given US the right to a fair trial

It is the soldier, who saluted the Flag,  who serves beneath the Flag

and whose coffin is draped by the Flag,  who allows the protester to burn the Flag

Make sure when you are talking and complaining about what is going on, that you remember those that are serving their country, at their own choice, and giving us the freedom everyday to do the things that we take for granted so often.  Lets stand behind them and not yelling at or towards them.

oh, the good ole US of A

Posted in Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by rylanreed

I recieve this email from my father, and I wanted to pass it along, such a great telling of what the men and women of our Armed Forces have done to keep this country free as well as how we have been able to protect those in need of help!

You could have heard a pin drop

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 11 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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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE…

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 USA,Canada,Britain etc.) 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.**