Understand what Veteran’s day is all about.


I had to post again today, because listening to the Greg Garrison show, he ended the show with a tribute to the American Soldier that I couldn’t let go. It is one of the best I have ever heard, so I got the transcript of it, and will copy it to here. Hope you all enjoy it.

In this, he essentially says that though you can’t tell a vet by looking at him, you can be assured, that no matter what he or she is, how smart or dumb they are, they are heroes. Here is what Greg Garrison this morning gave as his tribute to the American soldier on this Veterans day, of 2010:

Some veteran’s bear visible signs of their service. A missing limb, a jagged scar a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them. A pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg or perhaps another sort of inner steel…..The souls ally, forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet, just by looking.

Though what is a vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia, sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loud mouth, dumber than five wooden planks whose overgrown frat boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She or he is the nurse who fought against futility, and went to sleep sobbing for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person, and came back another…..or didn’t come back at all.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat, but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy no account rednecks and gang members into marines and teaching them to watch each other’s backs.

He is the parade riding legionnaire, who pins on his ribbons and metals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and metals passing by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in the tomb of the unknowns, whose presence in the Arlington National Cemetery, must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield, or in the ocean’s sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, palsied now, and aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp, and who wishes all day long that his wife was still alive to hold him…..when the nightmares come.

He is the ordinary, and yet extraordinary human being, the person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in service to his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so that others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier, and a savior, and a sword against the darkness. He is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony, on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say “Thank You.” That’s all most people need. And in most cases it will mean more than any metal that they could have been awarded, or were awarded. Two little words that can mean so much. Thank you.

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who gave us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has give us freedom of speech.
it is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag…Who serves underneath the flag….whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

To this I say AMEN. God Bless all you vets, who saw fit to to give to this country, to keep the rest of us safe. America, and Americans are truly indebted to these brave individuals who can be anyone you come upon. God Bless you all. You are loved and appreciated.


God Bless America, her troops, her allies and her people
God Bless my readers, my listeners on BTR and my viewers on You Tube…..

-Robert-

About Robert P. Garding

I am a Reagan Conservative, who is very alarmed at the Liberals who have just lost their majority over our government, but continue to act like it never happened. They have to be stopped. NOW or even sooner.
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4 Responses to Understand what Veteran’s day is all about.

  1. Seane-Anna says:

    Wow! What an awesome tribute to our troops! Greg Garrison said it simply yet elegantly. You’re right, Robert, it does make you want to cry. I wish my uncle, a Vietnam vet, was still here. I’d read him this tribute. He was one of the ones who had the nightmares, and I think he died not knowing how much his service was appreciated. This tribute is for you, Uncle, and all the other vets. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!!!
    reply from Robert: Now you can see why I like listening to him. He didn’t give any credits to where this came from, which he always does if he uses something from somewhere, so he had to have written that himself. He has a great American mind.

  2. tapline says:

    Robert, Thanks for remembering and printing this tribute. I was one of those forgotten servicemen who served and rushed to change into civilian clothes when I arrived at San Fransisco International so as not to be spit upon and humiliated…….It was not a comfortable situation to be in after being in harms way and surviving to arrive back in the world, not be accepted……Much has been done to try to heal the wounds, but each time I think about it, is like the pulling of a scab that has tried to heal…..How do I feel when someone says to me “Thank you for your service.” ? I feel “awkward, “in a good way. stay well…
    reply from Robert: I always felt horrible that Americans did that to the Vietnam vet. Becaause as you said, it was a scab that was healing, and then after coming home from serving this country and the idiots who did the spitting, it was like opening up that wound again…..one that would never really be healed. God Bless you for your service sir. You are appreciated in more ways than you know.

  3. Reblogged this on Wise Conservatism and commented:

    I didn’t post yesterday which was veterans day again. This is a repost of one I did in 2010. God bless all you veterans who served selflessly and helped to keep us free.

  4. Mark Keyse says:

    Greg shared this again this morning…he attributed it to a Catholic chaplin.

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