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    90 Years ago

    Ninety years ago,today the First Great War ended. Today at the eleventh hour of this the eleventh day of the eleventh month,I Will Remember. LEST WE FORGET.

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    My Grandfather served in WW-1, my father served in WW-2, I served in Viet Nam and my son is in Iraq. You know I will remember.

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    A heartfelt "thank you" to all who have served our country in the hour of need, both this and all generations that have gone before.

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    That was the "war to end all wars".
    So... what happened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
    That was the "war to end all wars".
    So... what happened?
    Some people never got the memo.
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    Gripping book about the last day of WWI; discusses how many commanders (from all sides) continued to push for last-minute gains despite the fact the war was "over."

    http://www.amazon.com/Eleventh-Month...6435126&sr=8-1

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    My dad served in WWI in the Canadian Army, fighting in Belgium in the trenches for 4 bloody years.
    Average survival rate in trenches for a newcomer was 15 minutes.
    Wounded twice, buried alive once and gassed.
    His brother (my uncle) died on the 11th hour, 11th day of the 11th month 1918 when they were firing the last salvos into the German lines and his artillery piece exploded.
    War to end all wars?
    Personally survived 4 years of Nazi starvation in Europe in WWII and ended up on the other side with a *** in the Korean War.
    No, I don't like war.
    Wars are profit making opportunities for some and suffering/death for all others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    Ninety years ago,today the First Great War ended. Today at the eleventh hour of this the eleventh day of the eleventh month,I Will Remember. LEST WE FORGET.
    I was in France once on Nov. 11. It is a serious holiday. They were picketing McDonalds because they were open.

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    One Grandfather spent his WWI time training in the Army Air Corps in Texas, never got to combat. The other was an ambulance driver in France.

    In WWII the ambulance-driving grandfather was back in the service as a Lt. Col. He was a petroleum geologist on the Canol project in Alaska. It was the original Alaskan pipeline. Apparently the road that was built for it can be ridden by bicycle in about 9 days.

    My Dad was 4F and spent WWII at Columbia University where he went through an accelerated program and got his masters at 19.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    Today at the eleventh hour of this the eleventh day of the eleventh month,I Will Remember.
    Like one WWI vet said, "Wished they'd made it the 11th year as well."

    I enjoyed this book on WWI history.

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    I've always been troubled by "holidays" such as Veteran's Day. It seems to me we should be remembering folks who have sacrificed for the benefit of others on a daily basis, not just once a year. It's too easy to pay lip service to the sacrifices made while thousands of vets struggle to fit back into society get decent health care, jobs, or even a place to live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    Ninety years ago,today the First Great War ended. Today at the eleventh hour of this the eleventh day of the eleventh month,I Will Remember. LEST WE FORGET.
    Many thousands more needlessly died because there was a decision that having all '11's would be cute.

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    Like many. My Grandfather served in WW1, my father in WW2, I served in Viet Nam. I adopted two girls so that at least at this point in time I could stop the madness. I say that with no disrespect for the wonderful guys I served with or those that my parent and grandparent remembered but as the only way to make sure I don't have any more friends that never will come home to thier parents. Please forgive me if I offend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Foster View Post
    My Grandfather served in WW-1, my father served in WW-2, I served in Viet Nam and my son is in Iraq. You know I will remember.
    I have the greatest respect for families like yours. I just wish your service (and especially your son's) weren't necessary.

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