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Old 05-07-2001, 08:33 PM   #1
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It's another 3 weeks until Memorial Day, but here's something that was emailed to me: A poem worth reading...

FORGOTTEN FIGHTER

"In World War II" he whispered,
"I was wounded by a blast."
As he began his story,
Reminiscing of his past.

"I was just a boy back then,
I lied about my age.
To get into the army
And fight for the USA

I love this country very much,
It's still the very best.
And I would fight, to keep it free,
And, safe from foreign pest.

We won that war, and I came home,
My wounds had healed enough,
To re-enlist, with other men.
The army made us tough.

Then a little flare up,
In Korea called us out.
A threat against our freedom,
Spreading fear without a doubt.

There I caught a bullet,
When I tried to save a friend.
Another wound, for Uncle Sam,
They sent me home to mend."

"Soldier, have you had enough?"
My sergeant said to me.
"Or, do you want another tour,
If ever there's to be.

We would train and fight again,
If ever it need be,
Because we loved America,
We'll fight to keep it free."

"It didn't take too long.
Before my boys were off again.
We were shipped off to a war,
We thought would never end.

I didn't understand it much,
If it was wrong or right.
But I was a US soldier,
And my country said "Go Fight"

I never questioned orders,
That were sent from up above.
I did it for America,
The country, that I love.

I fought to keep my country safe,
Again, in Vietnam.
Then, wounded I came home again,
A victim of napalm.

My fighting days were over now,
And, I had given all.
But, some had given more than me,
Their names are on a wall.

I am now, well up in years,
A soldier old and worn.
I could only sit and pray,
As, I watched Desert Storm.

So proud of our boys over there,
Who stand for what is right.
Freedom is the battle cry,
The reason why they fight.

Young soldiers fight for liberty,
Protecting freedom's bliss.
Old soldiers dream of bygone days,
While fighting loneliness.

We were heroes in our day,"
He said, and then he sighed.
"Forgotten in some V. A. home,
And all my friends, have died.

I never ask for anything,
Just wanted to live free.
But, if you write this story,
There are many just like me.

Who fought to keep our country ,
Safe and free from every foe.
Only to come home again,
And have no place to go.

Sadly, when the limelight fails,
Heroes fade away.
Some men fight the silent battles,
Till their dying day.

Please remember what it took,
And what we have to pay
And join with us remembering
On this Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is Special,
It is not just summer's start.
The reason that we have this day,
Should be etched on your heart.

Lives were lost, and young men died,
To keep this country free.
So take a moment on that day,
To meditate with me.

Remember all those valiant men,
And women who fought for,
The lifestyle that you now enjoy,
Because they went to war.

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Old 05-07-2001, 08:54 PM   #2
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Memorial Day rocks. I go to provate school and get a 5 day weekend.
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Old 05-07-2001, 08:59 PM   #3
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Bravo.
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Old 05-07-2001, 08:59 PM   #4
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Anyone else gonna see Pearl Harbor on Memorial Day???
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Old 05-07-2001, 09:06 PM   #5
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Memorial Day rocks. I go to provate school and get a 5 day weekend.
Ironic how the whole poem was about remembering veterans on this day and not just looking at it as a day off.
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Old 05-07-2001, 09:29 PM   #6
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Well most of the days off are from Ascension Thursday/Friday for me. It just happens to fall on the same weekend.
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Old 05-07-2001, 09:50 PM   #7
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First thing I thought was a little lack of respect for the reason we celebrate Memorial Day, it's not just a day off school and a weekend when new movies come out. I think that's disrespectful. Nice poem.
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Old 05-07-2001, 10:49 PM   #8
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Question... what do you Americans call your holiday on November 11?... Ours is called "Rememberance Day"... so you guys have, like, TWO "Rememberance Day's"???... what are they each suspose to celebrate?
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Old 05-07-2001, 11:18 PM   #9
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Memorial Day rocks. I go to provate school and get a 5 day weekend.
I agree with others, thats the point of the poem to take a moment and realize what it means.

It's just another day for me school wise.
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I apologize for my earlier comments. I do try to remember the people who died though, I was just stating that this year, I will get 5 days off. That is good and is not really related to this topic though.
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Old 05-09-2001, 08:50 AM   #11
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Am I invisble!??????

(no one has answered my post... "Question... what do you Americans call your holiday on November 11?... Ours is called "Rememberance Day"... so you guys have, like, TWO "Rememberance Day's"???... what are they each suspose to celebrate?")
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Old 05-09-2001, 09:35 AM   #12
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Question... what do you Americans call your holiday on November 11?... Ours is called "Rememberance Day"... so you guys have, like, TWO "Rememberance Day's"???... what are they each suspose to celebrate?
November 11th is Veterans Day which honors militaty veterans and Memorial Day honors those who died while serving their country in wartime.
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Lee, a please in there somewhere would be nice once in a while.
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Yeah Lee, lets show some manners.
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Please and thank you, Tsmaz.
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