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#130151 - 11/11/03 06:15 PM Veteran's Day - Holiday
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I am guessing by the volume today that many of our friends are closed today. Our bank is closed in honor of our many veteran's, and after I attended a local event, I decided to come in and clear my desk.
My family also honors current military with e-mails and small gifts to units in Iraq that our family members currently serve in.
I notice several times in the threads that disagreements pop up and I will tell that some of them get my own blood boiling, but thank God men and women served, and died, so that we can RESPECTFULLY disagree with another.

God Bless America on this Veteran's Day!!!
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#130152 - 11/11/03 06:39 PM Re: Veteran's Day - Holiday
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Hey, thanks. We have been discussing Veterans Day in Cleabatsu's.
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#130153 - 11/11/03 07:50 PM Re: Veteran's Day - Holiday
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I'm sad to say that we're here working like it's any other day of the week...
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#130154 - 11/11/03 08:53 PM Re: Veteran's Day - Holiday
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Quote:

I'm sad to say that we're here working like it's any other day of the week...




So are we. I used today to do two HMDA training sessions.

Veterans, and those that are still serving and not yet veterans, my thanks and prayers are with you.
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#130155 - 11/11/03 10:29 PM Re: Veteran's Day - Holiday
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Thought this was really neat.

Hope you enjoy it!!

The writer and his wife live in LA and both work for Uncle Sam.
>
>Dear Friends and Family,
>
>I hope that you will spare me a few minutes of your time to tell you
>about something that I saw on Monday, October 27.
>
>I had been attending a conference in Annapolis and was coming home on
>Sunday. As you may recall, Los Angeles International Airport was closed
>on Sunday, October 26, because of the fires that affected air traffic
>control. Accordingly, my flight, and many others, were canceled and I
>wound up spending a night in Baltimore.
>
>My story begins the next day. When I went to check in at the United
>counter Monday morning I saw a lot of soldiers home from Iraq. Most
>were very young and all had on their desert camouflage uniforms. This
>was a change from earlier, when they had to buy civilian clothes in
>Kuwait to fly home. It was a visible reminder that we are in a war. It
>probably was pretty close to what train terminals were like in World War
>II.
>
>Many people were stopping the troops to talk to them, asking them
>questions in the Starbucks line or just saying "Welcome Home." In
>addition to all the flights that had been canceled on Sunday, the
>weather was terrible in Baltimore and the flights were backed up. So,
>there were a lot of unhappy people in the terminal trying to get home,
>but nobody that I saw gave the soldiers a bad time.
>
>By the afternoon, one plane to Denver had been delayed several hours.
>United personnel kept asking for volunteers to give up their seats and
>take another flight. They weren't getting many takers. Finally, a
>United spokeswoman got on the PA and said this, "Folks. As you can see,
>there are a lot of soldiers in the waiting area. They only have 14 days
>of leave and we're trying to get them where they need to go without
>spending any more time in an airport then they have to. We sold them
>all tickets, knowing we would oversell the flight. If we can, we want
>to get them all on this flight. We want all the soldiers to know that
>we respect what you're doing, we are here for you and we love you."
>
>At that, the entire terminal of cranky, tired, travel-weary people, a
>cross-section of America, broke into sustained and heartfelt applause.
>The soldiers looked surprised and very modest. Most of them just
>looked at their boots. Many of us were wiping away tears.
>
>And, yes, people lined up to take the later flight and all the soldiers
>went to Denver on that flight.
>
>That little moment made me proud to be an American, and also told me why
>we will win this war.
>
>If you want to send my little story on to your friends and family, feel
>free. This is not some urban legend. I was there, I was part of it, I
>saw it happen.
>
>Will Ross
>Administrative Judge
>United States Department of Defense
>
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#130156 - 11/11/03 11:19 PM Re: Veteran's Day - Holiday
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Liked it. Liked it a lot.
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#130157 - 11/12/03 02:29 PM Re: Veteran's Day - Holiday
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All over the map.
It made me tear up a little, and I am forwarding it right now. I am so proud of all those unselfish souls. Thank you for sharing that.
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#130158 - 11/12/03 03:58 PM Re: Veteran's Day - Holiday
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Thank you for the story. It brought tears to my eyes. At 5:30 this morning I dropped of my husband with other recruits. He is off to basic training at Fort Benning, GA. From there he will go to Ft. Gordon for AIT (Signal Command, 74 bravo) and then back to Benning for Airborne school.
I am so proud of him. My grandfather, father, and brother were all in the Army. Now my husband is continuing the line.
My brother passed away last year at the age of 27. He served in the 187th. My husband is 27 and it seems to me he is picking up where my brother left off.
My heart swells with pride everytime I see a soldier. It is wonderful to see these kind words on BOL. Thank you all.

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