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March 12, 2011
By Gettysburg63 PLATINUM, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Gettysburg63 PLATINUM, Waukesha, Wisconsin
23 articles 1 photo 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do... the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." -General George S. Patton


They have taken many names during their 235 years of existence; Billy Yank, Doughboy, Dogface, Grunt, Leatherneck. They have showed undoubted acts of courage in the abyss of battle. They have gone through hell so our nation could be a little bit more like heaven. I am truly thankful for our American soldiers.

Every Thanksgiving, as we sit in our varnished wooden chairs at our large table gazing at the thinly sliced turkey, the creamy mashed potatoes, and of course the pumpkin pie, we remind ourselves what we are thankful for. There would be very little to be thankful for if not for our soldiers. There would be no pumpkin pie, no mashed potatoes, no turkey,
no freedom.

Since the founding of our nation, there have been many willing to take up arms and say no to unjust acts. At Valley Forge in 1778, Washington and his soldiers suffered greatly in frigid temperatures so the idea of democracy would not die. At Gettysburg in 1863, soldiers bravely held their ground on Cemetery Ridge to beat back the barbarous institution of slavery. At Normandy in 1944, the sands of an evil regime were charged gallantly by our soldiers that morning in June. In Afghanistan in 2011, our soldiers are battling a cruel and hateful foe.

The pilgrims may have started Thanksgiving, but it is our soldiers who keep it going. As we sit at our tables, ready to gorge ourselves with turkey and then watch football, we should pause to think of the many things we are grateful for. We must remember that it was the soldiers who gave us something to be thankful in the first place, and to be thankful for the soldiers themselves.



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on Jan. 29 2012 at 1:24 pm
Gettysburg63 PLATINUM, Waukesha, Wisconsin
23 articles 1 photo 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do... the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." -General George S. Patton

Thank you very much!

on Jan. 27 2012 at 7:35 am
otherpoet SILVER, Wayland, Massachusetts
6 articles 9 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

So true. This is an amazing article, it is very well written. I love your message, and believe that though we know this, not many of us take the time to truly appreciate what our armed forces do. Your article will open many eyes.


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