Leprechaun & Dragon Laffs Memorial Day 2011 Issue Part II


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Part II (Continued)

QUIET IN THE RANKS!

Impish they seem a tad hard of hearing, if you’d be so kind please?

<Insert window rattling semi-angry  dragon’s roar here>

That’s better. Thank you Sargent at Arms Dragon, you may continue to flame roast hecklers and the non attentive as before our break as you deem necessary.

OK, you’ve has your smoke break, leg stretch, coffee refill and/or trip to the head now lets settle down and get back to this shall we? Unless that is you want to be eating all those leftover charred left on the grill too long burgers and blackened weenies because this took so long. Oh and you liberals that are still foaming at the moth over my Part I “unkind” comments about Obama and his relationship the military? Have patience, I’ve not forgotten you, nor and I through with Obama, the Last Word is coming up soon.

Everyone still have enough tissues? Good then lets continue.

the forgotten war

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Sack Lunches

http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/lunch.asp

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. ‘I’m glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,’ I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant. seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. ‘Where are you headed?’ I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. ‘Petawawa. We’ll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan.

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time… As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. ‘No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll wait till we get to base.’ His friend agreed. I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch.

I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. ‘Take a lunch to all those soldiers.’ She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. ‘My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it’s almost like you are doing it for him.’ Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, ‘Which do you like best – beef or chicken?’ ‘Chicken,’ I replied, wondering why she asked.

She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. ‘This is your thanks.’ After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. ‘I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.’ He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, ‘I want to shake your hand.’ Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain’s hand. With a booming voice he said, ‘I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.’ I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm. When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. ‘It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.’

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little.

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A veteran 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 my life.’

That is Honor, that is Responsibility, that is Patriotism, that is Love of Country and there are way too damned many people in this country, on both sides of the political and age fences who no longer understand it or the importance of those qualities.

Repay them by honoring the dead heroes but seek to help the living Veterans who need it as well. Make time to take one to the VA because he doesn’t have transport. Mow the lawn of you wounded or deployed neighbor. Its not JUST the men and women in the Armed forces who contribute to their sacrifice but their families as well. They are defending us at least we can help take care of their families.

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I want to talk for a minute about a two different bunches of special men and women who honor our fallen each in a special way and a lot more often than just Flag Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day or Veteran’s Day.

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The first is the 136th Airlift Wing Texas Air National Guard based out of NAS Fort Worth Texas.

They are the premier airlift team of choice in the Air National Guard and quite possibly the air Force as well.

Their motto “Nulli Secundus” translates ‘Second to None’ and is surely the truth.

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In addition to moving mountains of material in their C-130s, some of which are older than the pilots that fly them, they are also responsible for one of the absolute worst morale jobs in the Armed Services and carry it out with Dignity, Distinction, Respect, Dedication and Pride sufficient to crack the composure of even a Marine. See, they are responsible for making the US Military’s “Angel Flights”…they return our fallen to home soil and their loved ones. Finally someone (Radney Foster) has seen fit has seen fit to honor these men and women and the job they do by immortalizing them and bringing their efforts to National attention thru song.

“Angel Flight” is named after the designation for the Texas Air National Guard C-130 that transports the bodies of service men slain in combat.
It came about partly because Foster’s co-writer on the tune, Darden Smith, and Lt. Col. Jim Nugent, who works for the Texas National Guard Support Foundation, both had a hankering for ice cream from an Austin institution: Amy’s Ice Cream.

“Darden begins a relationship (with Nugent) and begins to start thinking about having talks with the Texas National Guard about songwriting. He’s thinking at this point that it’s to help guys cope with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) issues and re-entry issues,” Foster said in a call to his home outside Nashville.

Smith learned about “Red River 44,” a mission in Iraq in which seven Texas National Guardsmen died when their Chinook helicopter crashed outside Tallil, Iraq. “In the midst of these conversations, the Guard told him about . . . this thing they call ‘Angel Flights.'”
The songwriter bell in Smith’s head went off, and a couple of weeks alter, when he was in Nashville and visiting Foster.

“He tells me the story and says, ‘Are you interested?’ and I said, ‘Oh, my God, are you KIDDING? Absolutely! So we write this song after dinner one night,” Foster said. “Immediately I knew I had to record that song.” The end result is a bare-bones, gut-wrenching, emotional song with poignant but not syrupy lyrics, the kind of song at which Foster excels.

That was my hope,” he admitted. “I wanted you to feel that sense of the last verse: ‘The cockpit’s quiet and the stars are bright / feels kind of church like here tonight.’ And I wanted that feeling through the whole song.”

“All of that is a Guard unit out of Grand Prairie, Texas,” Foster said. “I had the wonderful and yet hard opportunity to sing ‘Angel Flight’ at the service for the dedication of the memorial for the Red River 44,” he said.

“It’s a lightning rod moment for me,” Foster said, quietly. “I watched the general bend down to children my own children’s ages and hand them a folded flag for their father’s memory. I still don’t know how I got through that.”

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    For those who had too many tears in their eyes during the song to follow the lyrics at the bottom of the screen here they are again:

    “Angel Flight” by Radney Foster

    All I ever wanted to do was fly
    Leave this world and live in the sky
    I left the C130 out of Fort Worth town
    I go up some days I don’t wanna come down
    Well I fly that plane called the Angel Flight
    Come on brother you’re with me tonight

    Between Heaven and earth you’re never alone
    On the Angel Flight
    Come on brother I’m taking you home

    I love my family and I love this land
    But tonight this flight’s for another man
    We do what we do because we heard the call
    Some gave a little, but he gave it all
    I fly that plane called the Angel Flight
    Come on brother you’re with me tonight
    (Come on brother you’re with me tonight)

    Between Heaven and earth you’re never alone
    On the Angel Flight
    Come on brother I’m taking you home
    Come on brother I’m taking you home

    Well, the stars are quiet and the stars are bright
    Feels kinda like church in here tonight
    It don’t matter where we touch down
    On the Angel Flight its sacred ground
    I fly that plane called the Angel Flight
    Gotta hero riding with us tonight

    Between Heaven and earth you’re never alone
    On the Angel Flight
    Come on brother I’m taking you home
    Come on brother I’m taking you home
    Come on brother I’m taking you home
    Come on brother I’m taking you home

    Can we get an amen?

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    The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) is a motorcycle club whose members attend the funerals of members of the United States armed forces at the invitation of the deceased’s family. Patriot Guard Riders’ representatives state that they are not a chartered motorcycle club, but a group of patriotic individuals.

    The group was formed in 2005, to shelter and protect the funerals from protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, who claim that the deaths of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are divine retribution for American tolerance of homosexuality. PGR members position themselves to physically shield the mourners from the presence of the Westboro protesters by blocking the protesters from view with their motorcade, or by having members hold American flags. The group also drowns out the protesters’ chants by singing patriotic songs or by revving motorcycle engines.

    Although initially founded by motorcyclists, the organization is open to anyone, regardless of political affiliation, veteran status, or whether they ride or not. The only prerequisite is “a deep respect for those who serve our country; military, firefighters, or law enforcement”. The Patriot Guard was established in Mulvane, Kansas at American Legion Post 136 in 2005.

    The group’s mission quickly expanded to include the funerals of law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, all first responders, and any active duty member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces from all previous wars and conflicts and is now largely focused on recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of fallen service members as well as their families and loved ones. As of March 2011, PGR reported over 220,000 members. In addition to their attendance at funerals, the group also greets troops returning from overseas at welcome home celebrations, deployment ceremonies, and perform volunteer work for veteran’s organizations such as Veterans Homes. The group also assists families in financial difficulties with travel and housing arrangements, and also visits military hospitals to encourage and honor wounded service members of the United States Armed Forces.

    Culled & Assembled From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Guard_Riders http://www.patriotguard.org/OurHistory/tabid/145/Default.aspx http://www.americanlegionriders.net/protest.shtml

    Finally there is one last group that deserves special mention. Their names rank high among our Veterans and Fallen Heroes. We will never know how many of them there are nor is it likely we shall ever learn their names or where they served nor how some of them died. They too served in time of war, in peace and in the Cold War. When they retire they do so into obscurity under a heavy blanket of red tape most of it over their mouths and threatened with charges of treason and violating National Security if they admit publicly to their roles. Should they die in the service of their country, they do not receive a heroes burial with a name engraved upon a headstone in some Veteran’s Cemetery. Rather another simple 5 pointed star gets added to a marble walled memorial inside a building that few ever see the interior of.

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    To date the passing in the line of duty of 102 of those we should be honoring this day are marked on that wall. As of 2005 less than half their identities appear in the CIA’s Book of Remembrance.

     

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    SOME GAVE ALL

         

     

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    For the last week now, Obamaites and Bush hating liberals have been trying to sell me a load of overly ripe bio-organic fertilizer in an attempt to make Obama look good by making Bush look bad. If you have been keeping score or pay the least bit of attention you’ll know that this tactic has been working out badly for them at every turn. Earlier I made a comment about Obama disrespecting, mistreating and generally distaining our military forces which I’m sure has more than one liberal in a near apocalyptic mouth foaming fit by now waiting for this Last Word and my justification for those comments. Lets continue to compare and contrast Bush and Obama. This time when it comes to the military, starting with their  comments after the capture of Saddam Hussien  for Bush and death of Osama bin Laden for Obama

    George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam:

    The success of yesterday’s mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate ’em.

    Barack Obama speech after killing of bin Laden: (I, I, I, Me, My, Mine )

    And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at MY direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan .

    How about we view a little comparison on how the spend their Memorial Day as Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces:

    ABC Bashes Bush on Memorial Day

    Rick Richman

    The ABC News report on the rainout of President Obama’s planned Memorial Day speech in Illinois noted that Obama had been criticized for not staying in Washington to go to Arlington National Cemetery. But ABC provided a ready excuse, subtitling its report “Obama Not First to Skip Arlington on Memorial Day” and asserting that George W. Bush “did not attend in 2001 or 2002.”

    ABC was flat-out wrong about 2001, and highly misleading about 2002.

    Memorial Day 2001. On May 28, 2001, George W. Bush not only went to Arlington National Cemetery and gave a remarkably eloquent speech after laying a wreath there; he had multiple Memorial Day events before and after.

    He began the day at a White House Memorial Day Breakfast, where he spoke in the East Room to a group that included Senators, Members of Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, and a group of veterans and ex-pows.

    Then he went to the Oval Office for a bill-signing ceremony on a bill to expedite construction of the World War II memorial, remarking that it was “indeed fitting that this measure becomes law on Memorial Day.”

    Then he signed an Executive Order to establish a presidential “Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation’s Veterans.”

    After that, he went to Arlington.

    After his speech and wreath-laying at Arlington, Bush flew across the country and spoke at a Memorial Day Commemoration at the Champlin Fighter Aircraft Museum in Mesa Arizona, where he offered these words:

    The heroes we remember never really set out to be heroes. Each loved his life as much as we love ours. Each had a place in the world, a family waiting and friends to see again. They thought of the future just as we do, with plans and hopes for a long life. But they left it all behind when they went to war, and parted with it forever when they died. Every Memorial Day we gather at places like this to grasp the extent of their loss and the meaning of the sacrifice. It always seems more than words can cover. In the end, all we can do is be thankful; all we can do is remember, and always appreciate the price that was paid for our own lives and our own freedom.

    . . . And we can never measure the value of what was gained in their sacrifice. We live it every day in the comforts of peace and the gifts of freedom. These have all been purchased for us, and we’re grateful for the sacrifice.

    Memorial Day 2002. On May 27, 2002, Bush did not go to Arlington National Cemetery because he was in Europe, attending week-long meetings with foreign leaders.

    On that Memorial Day, he attended a Memorial Day Service at a church in Sainte Mere-Eglise, France, where he offered some remarks. Then he commemorated Memorial Day at the Normandy American Cemetery, where 9,000 Americans are buried, and spoke eloquently again:

    We have gathered on this quiet corner of France as the sun rises on Memorial Day in the United States of America. This is a day our country has set apart to remember what was gained in our wars, and all that was lost.

    Our wars have won for us every hour we live in freedom. Our wars have taken from us the men and women we honor today, and every hour of the lifetimes they had hoped to live.

    This day of remembrance was first observed to recall the terrible casualties of the war Americans fought against each other. In the nearly 14 decades since, our nation’s battles have all been far from home. Here on the continent of Europe were some of the fiercest of those battles, the heaviest losses, and the greatest victories.

    And in all those victories American soldiers came to liberate, not to conquer. The only land we claim as our own are the resting places of our men and women. . . .

    The grave markers here all face west, across an ageless and indifferent ocean to the country these men and women served and loved. The thoughts of America on this Memorial Day turn to them and to all their fallen comrades in arms. We think of them with lasting gratitude; we miss them with lasting love; and we pray for them. And we trust in the words of the Almighty God, which are inscribed in the chapel nearby: “I give unto them eternal life, that they shall never perish.”

    In neither year was Bush on vacation for Memorial Day. And it is nice that we are able to recall Bush’s eloquence, given the unfortunate circumstances that prevented us from hearing from President Obama this year. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/06/abc_bashes_bush_on_memorial_da_1.html

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    One of the liberal tried to say I was not using perspective in my comparisons (actually HE was the one sadly lacking in the perspective as was shown)  Let’s look at the two of them from one more “perspective” shall we? After all that liberal was quite right, perspective IS very important!

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    Enough said right there I think! 

    DL Closing Credits

     

    Two Words Descibe MEM Day

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    Echo Taps. Performed by Bugler Frank Dorritie at the San Francisco National Cemetery at The Presidio, on May 29, 2007.

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    2 Responses to Leprechaun & Dragon Laffs Memorial Day 2011 Issue Part II

    1. Dan in NYC says:

      Great issue guys. Thanks for all the work you put into it but even more-so, a hearty Thank You for your service to our country.

      God Bless America!
      Dan

    2. Pat C says:

      There are no words to thank you both for a great and wonderful Memorial Day issue.
      God bless you both and thank you

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