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August 25, 2009


Never give up hope. The world is still a place where miracles are possible.

Thanks to Betsy Newmark for making my day.

Posted by Cassandra at August 25, 2009 11:24 AM

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I'd seen that before, but it still brough tears to my eyes.

Last night, I met a MSG from the WTU at BAMC. He has said if I go down there, he'd show me around. I think I'm going to take him up on that. I think that might even include a tour of the Center of the Intrepid. If I go, I think I need to make sure I have tissues handy...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at August 25, 2009 12:05 PM


The mind is an amazing creation, and the will to go on can be inspirational to us all. If its' not, it certainly should be.

Those of use who are able must continue to fight for the LT, and for those who cannot fight for themselves. We who wear the uniform took that obligation when we raised our hand and swore to do so. The fact that a pinhead is now the CiC in no way dimishes the oath we took, nor does it absolve us from defending this nation and its' Constitution from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.

There was a line in "A Few Good Men" near the end where the PFC and LCPL were talking....

"Downey: What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong.

Dawson: Yeah, we did. We were supposed to fight for the people who couldn't fight for themselves. We were supposed to fight for Willie."

That's who we are, that's what we do. And to my friend the hun, and all the other vets, as well as the SO's of vets, I can only say thanks for what you have done. I am proud to be part of Team America. I won't let you all down.


Posted by: kbob in Katy at August 25, 2009 12:36 PM


Thanks but...

Lt. Brennan is a fine exemplar of the best of us. Lt. Brennan along with all the other men and women who, like you, M'lady's UNIT and so many others who have raised their hand, taken the oath to protect and defend, and by doing so have signed that blank check backed up with your life on this earth.

Just as honorable are the spouses and families who, through thick and thin, stand by and stand ready. Tough job that, being separated from the one you love while they are in harms way.

To borrow a sentiment,

"I've tried to live my life the best I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that at least in your eyes, I've earned what all of you have done for me."
These days, I think that what disturbs me the most is how few stop to consider what has been done for them, and at what cost.


Posted by: bthun_salutes at August 25, 2009 10:00 PM


You sir, remain a man among men. You served your country when asked. Take nothing but praise for that.

I have actually used that line from PVT Ryan. It was for someone who gave me a chance at the cost of their own life....all I want is to be worthy of his sacrifice for me. On occasion I have stumbled and fallen, been tripped up, and have even done less than admirable things. But I always do my best to correct the error, make amends and do it better then next time.

Failing that, I resort to Psalm 22....again, not overly religious, but sometimes, you just have to have faith that there is a higher power looking out for you.....

If I can squeeze the weekend, whatcha doin? I am in Daytona....it's not THAT bad of a drive.


Posted by: Kbob in Katy at August 26, 2009 04:39 PM

Kbob, I'm told the youngest is being moved from her existing apartment to an apartment closer to her school and her work this weekend.

I would have never received such an early update, had I not asked. Usually I get a 12 hour notification, whether I need it or not.

Let's email each other and see if we can't sort out some time to get together for a catchup and a few brews.

Posted by: bthun at August 26, 2009 09:34 PM

The humidity in here is thicker than usual. Outstanding story.

Posted by: Cricket at August 27, 2009 12:06 PM

Do crickets chirp more rapidly when it humid? Or is that when it's warmer??


Posted by: Kbob in Katy at August 28, 2009 01:36 PM