Veteran's Day

Good Day-

from one Veteran to another, Thank You!
Thank you to all who served for not only your service but especially your family who gave so much too!
I read this early this morning and wanted to share it here on A'gon.......

You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop

Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US
military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded,
"Does that include those who are buried here?"

did not respond.

could have heard a pin drop.

When in England,
at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
'empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying,
"Over the years, the United States has sent many of
its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
in return is enough to bury those that did not

could have heard a pin drop.

There was a conference in France
where a number of international engineers
were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you
heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer
stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three
hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;
how many does France have?"

could have heard a pin drop.

A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
speaking French?"

Without hesitating,
the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
have to speak German."

could have heard a pin drop.


Robert Whiting,
an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
in his carry on.

have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked

Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France

you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said,
"The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"

The American senior
gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to."

could have heard a pin drop.

Thanks to all Veterans who have served honorably in war and in peace.
Thanks Tp - great read! Our sacred freedoms that have been so hard fought for through the amazing sacrifices of all our veterans are greatly appreciated!
Thanks to all vets past and present.
USN 1969-73
Thanks for the read. I love it.
And thanks to all the Vets out there (I'm one)... I salute you all
Thanks for the read. I love it....from a Vietnam vet and to all vets. The best in health and wealth with family and friends.
I never served but have the greatest respect for those who have. And for every soldier, there is a family that serves in their own way. They deserve more than our thanks.
Vets, America's best and brightest! Lets hope we always have people of their cabliber to defend this land.

U.S. Army 1967 - 1996
My Dad landed on Omaha Beach, as part of the 29th Division's first assault wave, on D-Day 6/6/44. I have always saluted him, and all his fellow veterans, with the utmost pride and respect. Every single veteran deserves our heartfelt thanks and gratitude. I salute you all !!!