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2013-05-25 04:12:54 PM
4 votes:
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
2013-05-25 02:19:05 PM
4 votes:
Thank you for your service, wizened warrior, and have a glorious birthday!

*salutes*
2013-05-25 02:16:01 PM
4 votes:
What I wouldn't give to have someone like that as a neighbor.  Imagine the stories that man has.
2013-05-25 04:58:37 PM
3 votes:

Frantic Freddie: FreetardoRivera: Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

You keep telling yourself this.

Go fark yourself.


American soldiers are great people, who do great things for our way of life.  They're essential to a free society, and sacrifice for the greater good of our country when asked.

But fetishizing them as the end-all-be-all of the United States takes away from the society they defend.  They are not the only thing that stands between us and total anarchy.  They are not the only thing that makes our country great.  They are a large and necessary component, but they are not the only ones that give us our freedoms and way of life.
2013-05-25 04:11:56 PM
3 votes:
That dude looks really goddamn good for 107.
2013-05-25 04:52:26 PM
2 votes:

FreetardoRivera: Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

You keep telling yourself this.


Go fark yourself.
2013-05-25 04:48:46 PM
2 votes:

ph0rk: So, has anyone mentioned that Memorial Day is for fallen soldiers, not living veterans yet?

'Cause it is.


While it's a nice idea, I'd rather celebrate someone who is still around to appreciate the gesture instead of someone who no longer exists.
2013-05-25 04:45:07 PM
2 votes:

Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.


You keep telling yourself this.
2013-05-26 01:47:50 PM
1 votes:
1.  Limit stress
2.  Keep active with low impact exercise
3.  Drink in moderation
4.  Stay away from doctors (as much as possible)
5.  Low dose aspirin everyday
6.  Don't inhale

/damn good advice
2013-05-26 12:25:51 AM
1 votes:

Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.


Viewed through the prism of what our founding fathers wanted the USA to be, this is probably the most un-American sentiment I have ever read.
2013-05-25 08:39:20 PM
1 votes:

Saturn5: Mr. Overton is special because of his longevity, but every town in the nation is full of elderly veterans with stories to tell and experiences to share.  It won't be long before anyone living during WWII will be gone.  They were called the Greatest Generation for a reason, and when they're gone we will all be diminished.


bit of a csb:

My old man was doing something called Stephen Ministries, a program where you reach out to people that just need someone around. See, there usually aren't enough ministers/pastors to make all the rounds so these people volunteer and get trained to spend time and be supportive of those that have no one else around.

So, he was assigned to a 'care receiver' (one of many) and this particular person happened to be an incredibly old Korean War vet. Guy said he was too young for ww2 but he got his chance in Korea. Dad says it was one of the more rewarding experiences he's had just sitting with the guy listening to his stories.

Shae123: Wrong...men like this are venerated because you and those like you will never be half the man of his generation. The took what came their way, did what they had to do and were better men for it. Current generation of 20 and 30 somethings couldn't carry the jocks of men like this.


Maybe you need to get out and meet some of our 20 and 30 something war vets.

Men are usually a product of their time and circumstances. Answering the call by fighting the Nazis or the Japs was a bold and unknown task and it is amazing the selflessness and bravery that generation displayed. But to say we can't point to such heroes of the same caliber today is just  a bold faced lie.

The generation itself did have a different quality to it. There were suicides when people were told they couldn't pass medical to sign up. You won't see that today.

This is hardly a referendum on current 20 and 30 somethings... more of a statement of the society we've allowed to go fat since that greatest generation secured our globe. The loss of patriotism replaced by the new brand of nationalism. The "got mine" mentality the children of the greatest generation left us with... we are a product of living in the lap of luxury, eating shiat food and spending our time being entertained instead of getting shiat done.

To many that were raised with everything, wanting instead of needing and defining ourselves with our preferred brands of fiction we also hunger to answer some call... but our great war is fighting our way though a stale economy... our great enemy is the rot within our own nation and government... hardly as glamorous, but even in these struggles all you have to do is open your eyes to find that same bravery, selflessness and determination.

Or as one of the entertaining works of fiction I've wasted my life watching would put it:

I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shiat we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't.

Every man and woman fights battles. Glory is a myth and it's the sacrifice that is the substance of heroes.

All you have to do is look around and you'll see soldiers everywhere, not just those wearing digital ACUs or VFW hats.
The single moms that can never make that paycheck stretch far enough,
the kid that wants to make it to school every day even though 3 separate gangs try to persuade him otherwise.
The vets, both in war and trying to find life afterwards despite mental and physical wounds.
The 20 and 30 somethings that no matter how hard they work, when the music stops there is never a seat left for them, only a short stick end.
The 2 time cancer survivor that just found out they have a 3rd fight ahead of them.

What we celibate in this 107 year old man isn't just that he went to a war decades ago... it's that he made it through and came home and found peace.

We celebrate that he was a soldier, but even more so we celebrate that he got to stop being one and enjoy his life to the ripe old age of 107. A hope many of us have for ourselves as we go fight our own battles.

/throwing the multivitamins in the trash
//going out to buy aspirin, cigars, whiskey and coffee
2013-05-25 07:27:55 PM
1 votes:
I live in Austin and I'm getting a kick out of these replies.  And wondering WTH he lives so I can stop by with a box of cigars, a full bottle, and a time to kill.
2013-05-25 06:24:55 PM
1 votes:
Bravo Zulu old timer.

/salute
2013-05-25 06:21:59 PM
1 votes:

Shae123: The took what came their way, did what they had to do and were better men for it.


I agree with the first two points.  However, my experience is that many of them--while becoming wonderful people like my grandparents, great-uncles, etc--were stubborn-ass bastards who buried the weight of their war experience and were actually not better men for it, but men who carried a smoldering pain deep inside and were unwilling to ever discuss it.
2013-05-25 05:56:26 PM
1 votes:

Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.


It is the soldier that herded Jews into cattle cars
For their final trip to the gas chambers.

Just being a soldier does not confer upon you any special status.  You are who you are, and as a soldier you are either in the service of a just government, or an unjust one.  Just being a soldier means squat, as soldiers can trample rights just as easily as they can protect them.

/US Army 1985-1989.
2013-05-25 05:06:09 PM
1 votes:

Khellendros: American soldiers are great people


This is actually the truth. Some are great, some are terrible.  They don't come from a secret pool of "awesome".  They are us and they have a job.
2013-05-25 04:51:59 PM
1 votes:
One of his relatives, Volma Overton, Sr gave his name to a school in Austin. He was the head of the Austin NAACP for decades. Austin royalty, hard earned.
2013-05-25 04:45:25 PM
1 votes:
From one Texas vet to another :
Richard, you may walk on my lawn any damn time you want to. Hell, you can even piss on it.
2013-05-25 04:35:19 PM
1 votes:
So, has anyone mentioned that Memorial Day is for fallen soldiers, not living veterans yet?

'Cause it is.
2013-05-25 04:34:22 PM
1 votes:

nekom: What I wouldn't give to have someone like that as a neighbor.  Imagine the stories that man has.


My old neighbour was an SS officer. I loved to visit with him and hear stories. He cut out his SS tattoos with a pocket knife so he could go shirtless at the public pool without getting looks from others. Huge nasty scar. He was very proud to cut out the tattoo and didn't call himself a Canadian until it was gone.
2013-05-25 04:34:15 PM
1 votes:
This is someone I would love to sit down and listen to for hours.
2013-05-25 04:33:58 PM
1 votes:
Wow!  I'd be happy if I looked half that good at 107.
2013-05-25 04:32:47 PM
1 votes:
"I got good health and I don't take any medicine,"


Holy crap, that the most amazing part of this story. Most old people are like walking a walking pharmacy.
2013-05-25 04:26:24 PM
1 votes:
The secret: aspirin, tobacco, slack gov job, alcohol, and no kids
2013-05-25 04:21:57 PM
1 votes:
Well I will respectfully stay off this gentleman's lawn.
2013-05-25 04:17:22 PM
1 votes:
FTFA: "Whiskey's a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender."

That's what it does for me as well.  It really pissed my lovely wife off the other night when it my muscle tender.
Thankfully, she had fresh batteries.


Also, this dude is the kind of old man you want to hang out with.
2013-05-25 04:13:36 PM
1 votes:
Sounds like an awesome person to talk to.  I'll salute your good health and service with a whiskey and cigar tonight!

/Always good to have a reason...
 
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