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The Tears That Won't...: A Memorial Day Tribute.

Updated on May 28, 2011

By: Larry L. Conners


The Tears That Won't...


I was thinking about tears today, and of the many slides of life where they appear, mostly unbidden....

  • The tears of joy, expressed by a proud parent when a child is born...
  • The tears of pleasure when reading a heartfelt book...
  • The tears of soulful emotion when listening to a Beethoven Piano Concerto...
  • The tears of anger when deceived by a loved one...
  • The tears of frustration when challenged beyond one's competence...
  • The tears of sorrow when losing a loved one...
  • The tears of love so sweetly held...



And then there are the tears that won't....

Tears that I can never shed for the brave young men and women who have given their all for comrades and country...They deserve much more than tears...much more.

Let the tears of sorrow flow for them from their families...

Let us honor them with a warriors wish:

" The true warrior does not wish to lead,
Nor does he wish to follow....He only wishes to place himself where he is needed most."


We must thank God for men and women such as these...

Here is a tribute to our fallen by USMC Lt. Colonel Kurt Wheeler:

" To begin to understand the full measure of the sacrifice we are here to honor, we must pause to appreciate our own blessings. Just for a moment, stop your mind from racing and soak in this moment in time. Breath in the fresh country air, feel the gentle breeze on your face, look at the green trees, think about the people around you, the relationships you cherish, all the things that make life so dear. Those we honor today will never enjoy any of these blessings again. "

Lt. Colonel Kurt Wheeler, United States Marine Corps, Retired -Memorial Day Address – New Woodstock, NY, 28 May 2007.

How can I shed tears for such as these, when my heart is bursting with pride while my soul is being humbled by their sacrifice.

I have many tears that won't....

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      maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi cat...Thank you for your heartfelt comments and for taking the time to honor those men and women that have served this nation and preserved our freedoms...Freedoms your daughter can put into perspective by the sacrifices of so many for so long, which now rest in communal peace...

      I wish all Americans could visit those WW1 and WW2 cemeteries in Europe where Americans rest by the thousands...I fall down on my knees in humble appreciation for their supreme sacrifice....though their corporate bodies lie in a foreign land, their souls are forever watching over this nation they have given so much to insure those that follow will continue to live in freedom...may they rest in eternal peace...Larry

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Larry,

      This is just such a powerful and moving tribute to both our fallen soldiers and all those who have served. I can't imagine how one among the ranks could not carry the proud yet painful memories for a lifetime. As I walked among the endless rows of headstones at the Veteran's Cemetery w/ my teenage daughter this past Memorial Day, I thought of those things and the unbroken bonds between comrades. Today I read this, and I will remember it and the words of Lt. Col. Kurt Wheeler, and I will shed tears- generously. Thank you, Larry. My best to you!

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      maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      femme...Thank you for the kind words...My heart sheds those tears unabashedly, knowing that the abbreviated lives given under the auspices of the Stars and Stripes will remain enshrined forever in the hearts and minds of their loved ones, their comrades, and their country...Larry

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Maven,

      This is the third piece of your work I've read this evening/morning. I work nights :).

      The other two pieces were wonderful reads and I enjoyed them from beginning to end.

      But, this one ... it's in a class all by itself and it touched my heart in a very personal way.

      Thank you,

      femme

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Laurie...First, let me thank your husband for his service of 22 years to this country...may he rest in peace and remembrance...and bless you for carrying him in your heart.

      I have been privileged to serve at many military funerals as a member of the VFW honor guard here in northern Arizona...We are rapidly losing many of our greatest generation warriors, and not a few Vietnam era servicemen and servicewomen...such is the way of the world, as each generation renews its commitment to honor, duty, and country...Our newest warriors are carrying on the traditions of the American serviceman and servicewoman with distinction and pride...

      Thank you for the heartfelt comments, and yes, that flag does fly for freedom, because of the sacrifices our honored warriors have given to this great nation to protect and preserve that precious freedom...Larry

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      LaurieDawn 6 years ago

      Stunning. Thank you for your tribute Maven. Thank you for taking the time to raise all our fallen soilders high and remember them with the beauty of unshed and shed tears. My husband served 22 years in the military and may his soul rest now as he passed away on May 16th, 2010. He was buried with full military honors, quite the sight to behold, and I shall always remember him and those that served and still do, every time I see a flag flying in the breeze, for freedom.

      Thank you and blessings,

      Laurie

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Semper Fi, Mickey...Thanks for the read and appreciated comments...These brave warriors will never die as long as they live in our hearts...Larry

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      It's a long hike down here Larry! awesomely beautiful! God bless and Semper Fi!

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      amorea...( Interesting name...my Latin tells me amo is I love but what is the rest..? Just curious )...

      We should all not forget their sacrifice and hold them in our hearts...Brave and true, each and all, our debt to them is eternal...Thank you for the nice comment...Larry

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      amorea13 6 years ago

      There's not much more to say about this Maven - than 'thank you' - beautiful and moving. Won't forget it.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Jesse...Your sincere words honor these warriors...Thank you...Larry

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      J. McCoy 6 years ago from CA (originally)

      Very powerful words appropriate for very powerful decisions and actions. Some... maybe most... civilians find it hard to appreciate the sacrifices made for their freedom and safety. That might be because we've enjoyed it for so long that we can't imagine what life would be like without it. That's a true testament to our military and the people who have made the sacrifice. Thank you.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Jaggedfrost...That is exactly the intent of this prose piece...I am hoping for a visceral response, an awakening to the value and necessary respect for these fallen warriors...I could care less if someone has a different " feeling " about war and warriors...I wrote this for the men I knew, that gave us their ultimate sacrifice, and are immortalized on The Wall and in my heart...Larry

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      I could tell that you felt very dearly about it. Trying something of that sort myself though made me wonder at a few things in my perspective on things. I suppose my jaded comment comes not from the skill of your pen which is very well placed but the fact that it seems to evoke such a visceral response from others that often has nothing to do with the skill of the writer.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Jaggedfrost...This " clap-trap " is not something pulled out of my imagination...This is a tribute to those men I was privileged to lead and know as friends...I have no regrets for the road chosen, only a regret that I could not take them with me...

      Thanks for commenting and the unexpected praise...Larry

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      Nice clap trap. Nicely express and the photo's were a nice touch as well. You are truly a teacher worth learning from going places that I wouldn't go and doing it well merely because I have a phobia of taking the path Robert Frost refused.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Charles...Thank you for reading this tribute to the greatest Americans, and leaving your appreciated comment...Larry

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      reversecharles 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is just awesome!

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Ravaged...Thank you for the comment, and welcome to HubPages...

      It's not so much my writing that has touched these many hearts, rather the sacrifice realized that has been offered up by these young men and women...a sacrifice that transcends politics and cultural prerogatives...We honor these precious warriors through remembrance and determination that their sacrifice was not in vain...

      Thanks for stopping by...Larry

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      Ravaged Nation 6 years ago from New Hampshire United States

      A very moving hub. I can tell that it's touched many people from all the great comments here.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Good morning Gerry...

      I am truly humbled by your gracious comments...Let Taylor know that I share with him these immortal words of Duty and Honor :

      Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni...

      Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever...

      I know your support of him means a lot...Tell him to watch his six, and listen to his Gunny...

      And how are things in Glocca Morra today..?

      I'm looking forward to reading your renewed passion for poetic expression...I still have my nose stuck in Gods eye...You are a devil, my friend, and I love it...Fek indeed.!!...Larry

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      Hi Larry. I'm glad that I have arrived late to this Hub. As beautiful were the words which launched this Hub and the emotions and sentiments which gilded it in pride and respect, moreso were the addenda of your commentary responses. You are an example and spokesman for all of us at a difficult moment in the history of our nation.

      Early on you retort,reminding us of the victories of the revolutionary war and civil war and the spoils of war as liberty and emancipation. Bravo, Bravissimo! You then highlight the valor of another fallen hero, not to single him out for praise but to exemplify and amplify the sacrifice. Though I am not a warrior, I will embrace yor pride in the courage and ultimate sacrifice of our troops and never feel that the life of a single soldier has been wasted or sacrificed for naught. I will feel the pride and respect that our troops deserve; those who are always faithful -semper fi.

      Thank you for your words and inspiration. My nephew, Taylor Gilligan, has just completed his training as a Marine and is waiting for deployment. I admire his courage and will take pride in his service. Cheers.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      jandee...Thank you for the very thoughtful and heartfelt poem...The poem asks the eternal question of human conflict and sacrifice...Indeed, help me understand, help me to accept the loss, the tragic sacrifice, of those we love and respect...The answer is in each of our hearts...there, their memories are held forever...

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving us with that lovely poetic expression...Larry

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      jandee 7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      And will fall tears from Mothers in other lands !

      How close we now are with yesterdays foe

      tell me please help me so I can understand

      what land is next for poor youth to go

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wayne...Thank you for the thoughtful comments, which I wholly agree with...We have many brick and mortar monuments that honor our brave and true warriors, but the only monument that really counts is the monument of remembrance we carry in our hearts of these fine men and women that have given their very lives for country, family, and comrades in arms... Larry

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      A very moving reminder, Larry. Those who make up our armed forces truly exhibit the fiber and dedication from which this great country was crafted. Each one that dies was a special person to someone. Clint Eastwood used a quote in the movie "Unforgiven" that goes something along the line of "dying has a way of taking all a man was and all he was gonn be". It is a sacrifice that we as a public can never repay yet it is a debt that none who died intended for us to owe. The fact that it occurs to you that these men and women should be honored puts you heads up on a vast majority of the current population who seem to have the attitude that wars are for someone else to fight and all that is dear to us is secure. Ignorance is a blissful existence. You message here makes me proud that you recognized those who gave the dearest gift for their country. It makes me proud that I now you and I am honored as such. Thank you for sharing. WB

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Ray...I'm humbled by your comments, and I'm especially pleased you were touched by my tribute to these brave warriors...

      Rain in Palm Beach..? I thought that was the land of the eternal sunshine...Take care, my friend...Larry

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      aware 7 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Larry. ..... Dang . Its pouring rain here right now in Palm Beach.After reading this . A few drops made their way inside to fall from the corner of a crying eye. You my friend are a true artist with words. And i am going to go ahead and say this. My favorite Hubber to date .

      Your buddy Ray.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Sam...Thanks for the comment...Remembrance is our greatest tribute to these American warriors...You know your history, and I know you understand that America has always been blessed with men and women that stand astride duty and honor, and give us their last best sacrifice for country, comrades, and family...

      I look forward to reading your cogent historical Hubs...Larry

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      Sam Askew 7 years ago from McLean, VA

      A great tribute to our fallen comrades ... Thx

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Billy...Thank you for stopping by and commenting...I am privileged to have you for a fan...I look forward to reading your Hubs and commenting...Larry

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Very moving tribute Larry - thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Kaie...Beautiful name...Your two words pay tribute to those that went in harms way and gave their all in honor and duty... Here is a great site to visit that is dedicated to the warriors we lost in Vietnam : http://thewall-usa.com/

      Leave a birthday card or just read some of the bios of these fallen warriors...We honor all warriors with our remembrance...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      AEvans...Thank you for the nice comment...I hope all is well with you...Larry

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      I can only come up with one word here........... okay, two..........

      Absolutely beautiful!

      Thank you for this.............

      Kaie

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Oh Maven ! What a time for me to read this what so touching!!! Thank you for writing from the heart. :)

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Iouun...And I appreciate you taking the time to state your positions with clarity and passion...clarity in your opposition to Iraq, and passion for our veterans support...Larry

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      Thank you, Larry. A correct summation and I appreciate you understanding my position.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Iouua....I respect your dissent and applaud your support for our veterans and the serving warriors laying it on the line everyday throughout the world, not just Iraq and Afghanistan....

      You may not agree with the policy that generated a certain war, police action, or conflict, but respect and support for these men and women that uphold their sworn oath to Duty, Honor, and Country is miles above any geo-political disagreement....Larry

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      I am proud of him and while I do respect him choosing to serve, I gotta be honest with ya (a snouterism)...

      I didn't want him to enlist. I have nothing against military service. I myself have an Honorable Discharge from the Army. But... I didn't like the Iraq war. I have political issues with it and a lot of anger at Bush. I in no way wished my child, not just my child... my youngest... my baby, the child I sometimes call bunny, to enter the service while the U.S. is involved with an unjust war. I couldn't persuade him not to enlist and I promise you I did try. He was determined. Maybe he is a warrior son.

      Am I proud of my son? Absolutely. He is a remarkable person, very high IQ and in intel in the service, as I was. He is billinat, industrious, kind, extremely funny in a very strage way (odd humor runs in our family), well-mannered, original, thinks outside the box, is loyal to the core and if I may say so, very attractive (as are all my kiddos and grands). It would take me Hubs and Hubs to go on about how much I admire in this child or any of my other children all of whom I am very proud of.

      My support for vets came before he entered and remains now with an added poignancy.

      I know other current local vets, including one of my daughter's teenage crushes who was a sniper in Iraq, served two tours and came back all wounded out physically and mentally. He drops by every so often to see "mom" and I am mom to a lot of local kids. I'm going to his wedding this summer. I used to date Vietnam war vets (I'm of that age) and I think that was when a lot of the seeds of my concern for vets started. My heart bleeds for these men, past and current.

      Me, I want us out of Iraq.

      You? Thank you so much from me, some other soldier's mom and an ex-soldier, for serving our country. You have my constant respect and my gratitude and my prayers.

      Yes, everyone in this country owes our veterans gratitude. Our freedom lies in their blood. I hope everyone remembers that when voting for people who pass legislation that affects the issue of medical and other GI benefits.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Iounn...You must be extremely proud of your warrior son...and yes, we must remain constantly vigilant to insure our veterans continue to have the very best of service the VA can offer...We must honor these warriors by assuring they will always have our respect and appreciation for their sacrifice and duty to insure our freedoms... A special Semper Fi to your son from this old DevilDog...Larry

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      Such a moving Hub. I found it especially meaningful as my youngest son is serving in the Army right now. I've always kept up with activism for veteran's rights. Thumb up for your marvelous tribute.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Lgali.. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments...I am fine, just celebrated my 72nd birthday Sunday...Thank you for asking, you are such a sweetheart...Larry

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      Lgali 7 years ago

      truthful and moving very touching hub

      Mavon how are u doing?

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      jellio...Words or tears are not near enough to express my appreciation for the sacrifices of these honorable warriors...That they have given up their most precious gift, life, for friends, family, and country is humbling and makes most other things in our life pale in comparison...Thank you for stopping by and commenting...Larry

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      jellio_123 7 years ago

      Dear Maven101,

      this was so very moving....a tribute to our armed forces charged with defending our freedom and often forgotten, sadly... i have a ittle lump in my throat

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      sheila..Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment...Honoring these brave warriors is an honor in itself...Larry

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      Very touching.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Moulik...Thank you for the endearing comments..you inspire me to continue writing...Welcome to HubPages, I look forward to enjoying your Hubs...Larry

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Beautiful writing, you are so good with words...

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      cupid..But of course ! Well said...The Poppy we wear on Veterans Day is the tear we shed for those that have given the ultimate sacrifice to their country...I had never thought of it that way, but you are right..a tear indeed..Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a cogent comment...Larry

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      We are living happily because they sacrificed their lives for our happiness. We must be grateful for their sacrifice. Our tear is the flower which we offer in remembrance of their activities! Thank you for the great hub.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Swiftly...Thank you for commenting, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this Hub...Larry

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      SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

      Enjoyed reading,Thanks !

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Mickey...Welcome home Brother...Looks like we never learned our lesson re hearts and minds strategy...Your grand nephew is engaged in an asymmetric war being fought with politically correct tactics that belong on the streets of Chicago, not on the ever-changing battlefield of Afghanistan...Ordering front-line commanders to make politically expedient decisions in the heat of battle leads to indecision, hesitancy, and that gets good men killed...The incompetence and spineless leadership of our senior military commanders is appalling...

      Remember Johnson caught between his Bullets or Butter policies in the mid 60's..? Obama is making the exact same mistake, and our warriors in the field will pay for it this summer...Madness !! ...Larry

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very nice Maven101. Hoo-rah. Semper fi. My family has been defending our country for almost a hundred years. I was in Vietnam and my grand nephew is in Afghanistan.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      V...Wouldn't it be interesting to see how Harry Truman or Teddy Roosevelt, both combat veterans, would have handled this whole War on Terrorism..? Your comment is well received by this former Marine...Semper Fi my friend...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      bonny...Thank you so much for the kind comments...most Americans share these sentiments but we seldom ever read about it...the press certainly doesn't seek out these stories of sacrifice, rather the media accentuates the negative like Abu Ghraib...Peace my friend, and thanks for stopping by...Larry

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      vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      too bad it's not a requirement to have served the country in the military before becoming a politician.

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      bonny2010 7 years ago

      You know not only was your hub a great tribute to those who gave and will give their lives for their country and for humanity but after I finally got down to where I could leave a comment I believe all these comments are also a tribute to you for publishig something that a lot of us have been waiting to read somewhere... those are my thoughts anyway- so thanks for letting some light in.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      h2o...We honor these brave warriors through remembrance..remembrance of their sacrifice while still unformed young men and women...they will never know the joys of grandchildren, the birth of a child, or the discovery of God's creations on Earth...there are several that I think about almost everyday...virile young men whose lives were abbreviated by a toxic war for an uncaring nation more concerned with a political solution than a military one...Thank you for your kind comments...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      fol...You can add Gung Ho to that marine salute...Thanks for dropping by..Larry

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      h2oforthegaslit 7 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      Wow, Larry, you are the talented one. And what an honor it is for our servicemen and women to know the deep respect and loyalty you hold for each and every one of them. Well done :)

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      focus on living 7 years ago from United States

      Hoo-rah! Semper fi!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Jim...Thank you for acknowledging what a true warrior is all about...and again, I thank you for your service to this country...Go well my friend...Larry

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      Jim Bryan 7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Excellent Hub.

      And I'm with samuka dan, that quote sums up honorable service as well as any could.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Samuka.,.Many are alive today because they were exactly where they were needed the most...Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind comments...Larry

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      samuka dan 7 years ago

      nice hub man.so touching especially the statement

      " The true warrior does not wish to lead,

      Nor does he wish to follow....He only wishes to place himself Where he is needed most."

      thats real impresive

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Rope...What a lovely comment...sounds like a very Irish toast...I shall indeed take it to heart...such sweet joy is all around us, if we take the time and effort to recognize it...Your Dad must have been a great American, and you do him honor through your remembrance...Larry

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      The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

      May your days always find joy and may your heart always recognize it. Thank you for giving us such a well composed interlude. My dad would have been proud to have seen this.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Pamela...Thank you for the kind comments..We are all grateful for your husband's service in Vietnam, and on a personal note I would like to welcome him home...We also thank your son for his service to our nation and thank the Lord he has returned safely to his family...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Springboard...Your comments are right on, Brother...The ultimate sacrifice in defense of one's country should never be forgotten...Memorial Day allows us to remember those that we knew in the first blush of adulthood that ended much too soon...Looking at the thousands of grave-sites serenely resting in the Punchbowl at Oahu's Diamondhead military cemetery last year, really brought home the enormous sacrifices made so we could live in freedom and safety...They will never be forgotten, as long as we celebrate Memorial Day and its meaning is taught in our schools..Larry

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Splendid tribute to our military forces. Thank you for sharing such a lovely article. My husband is a Vietnam vet and my son a vet from Desert Storm.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I absolutely could not agree with you more. I feel nothing but great admiration, respect, and greatfulness for any soldier who has died defending my freedom and the safety of my country.

      It's one thing to serve, entirely another to give it all.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Thanks for the comments Pop...I thoroughly enjoy your daily morning wake up Hubs...Larry

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      What a magnificent and heartfelt tribute and an expression of love, pride and sorrow.Thank you for sharing .

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Shil...Thank you....your comments are much appreciated..I am proud to be your fan...Larry

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      Shil1978 7 years ago

      Wonderful tribute Larry, much needed!! One can't appreciate the sacrifices soldiers make enough. They are truly the most remarkable ones of us all. They need to be supported 100%. Politics can wait!! When the troops are fighting a war, everyone needs to stand up and support them. But for them, who knows what our world would look like!!

      Thanks Larry once again for this beautiful hub for people who are rarely thought of, but who really do so much for us. Wars are dirty and no war is nice or welcomed, but some wars have to be fought and thankfully some brave men and women fight them for us. The least we can do is to support them and do our bit. You've done that Larry and for that I thank you!!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Carol...Thank you for stopping by and leaving the nice comment...Larry

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      Carolyn Blacknall 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      A beautiful tribute. Very and moving.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Larry...I read no disrespect in your original comments...rather, it is with humble acceptance that I appreciate your remarks on behalf of those that have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice...

      I have added your uncles name to my personal list of heroes that are inscribed on the Wall...

      I truly hope your prediction of history repeating itself with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan does not occur...We are making some of the same mistakes now we made in Vietnam...political micro-management, a failed hearts and minds strategy, a General Staff that is politically motivated, and a State Department without goals...Larry

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      I agree. My comment was not meant to show any disrespect to those who fought in Vietnam. My uncle is actually one of the names on the wall because he loved his country and his fellow Marines. ( LCPL. Larry Ray Palmer from Elmhurst, IL )

      By stating that Vietnam was controversial, I was referring to the way the American people divided over it. Many of the boys who went to war and came back changed men did not get the help or respect they deserved because of this controversy.

      Unfortuantely, I think the current peace keeping missions are going to result in a repeat of this sad part of our history. I hope I am wrong but I have seen first hand, the disrespect and apathy that the current generation has towards our military men and women.

      Personally, I want to say thank you to you and your fellow brothers in arms for your service to your country and your fellow men. You made sacrifices that few civilians will ever understand or face.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      palmer..Yes, the war in Vietnam was controversial, with a murky and ill-advised beginning, a long testing and difficult interlude, and an ignoble ending...

      For we that were there, none of that means anything, only our brotherhood, our mutual sharing of the daily horror of war, the reason why someone like cheaptrick ( above comments ) did a second tour in Nam...he doesn't say why but I know why he returned... he returned because his brothers were still there and he felt that unique love pull him back, and the guilt of leaving them behind...

      Vietnam was probably the most difficult war Americans have ever been involved in, all the more reason to honor these men ( and eight women ) that remained true to their honor in the extreme...regardless of your feelings about the war, these heroes served your country and died fighting under its flag...all were Semper Fidelis to their brothers, their family, and their nation...Larry

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      A very well thought out and well written hub. All too often, our culture lets us forget those who have made the sacrifices to preserve our freedoms, especially if the conflict was controversial to the American people, like Vietnam. It is nice to see someone who honors their memories here on hubpages.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Cheaptrick...Welcome home, Brother...I'm thinking of PFC Ron Boley on this 26th day of December, a wonderful Marine I lost on a rainy day in April, 1967...Today is his birthday...he would be 62 ... and probably still plunking that beat-up ukulele...

      Thanks for the heartfelt comments, and yes, we share an experience in our youth that will remain forever with us.

      Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni...

      Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever...

      You, my friend, can join my team anytime...your two tours speak volumes to this vet...Larry

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      cheaptrick 7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      I have Tears that won't as well Sir.58000 plus tears that won't.You and I spent time in"the Beautiful country",you resigned your commission,I lost my childhood.I wish I had an Officer like you over there...SIR!...

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I shall do that my friend. LOL @ jarhead

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      This is outstanding, my Briny friend...What a wonderful Christmas gift for your family...Next year I'll be calling you Grandpa Ralwus...Tell your son Semper Fi from this " Old Corps " Jarhead, and God bless him for his service to our country...Larry

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Larry my friend, I just received word that my Marine is coming to see old dad. He got home a few days ago and is safe and sound from Afghanistan. Best Christmas ever! He is going to be calling me soon and is married now. Hah! To a good ol' southern girl. Just had to tell ya.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Maven, thanks for the read of my 100th hub, I am proud you are my first fan, really thanks and merry xmas to you and your family! Maita

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Maita...Thank you and my best to you and yours...I did read and comment on your 100th Hub...congrats to a very talented and determined young lady...And I am honored to be your first fan...Larry

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Maven, check out my 100th hubs, I mentioned you there, thank you for being my first fan, entitled, I am grateful to HP...Maita

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      very movingsentiments

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      happy tnaksgiving to my mentor, to you and your family! Maita

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Lowell...Thank you so much for your appreciative remarks...you are an American of the first rank, and you do them honor with your comments...Thank you, Larry

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      Lowell's Notes 7 years ago

      I am so thankful for the men and women of our military who are willing to risk their life and well-being to serve and protect. There is no honor high enough to bestow on these brave soldiers. What courage! What bravery! What commitment!

      Thanks, Larry, for this tribute!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      ehern...You are a great American that retains those memories of our fallen..Thank you so much for your honest and heartfelt comments...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Maita...Thanks for your comment...and I have read and commented on you beautiful and heartfelt poem...Larry

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      A very moving tribute to our service men and women. A sacrifice that can never be repaid but we can honor their memories and the sacrifices they made. I humble myself and thank them for the opportunities they gave us, just for being who they truly are, Hero's, that they all shall be in my heart. Thank you for this..

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Maven, how are you, I came by to let you know I have written a poem, I want you to check it out, you are my first fan and mentor...Thanks to you!