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  • Harry Marnell
    ... From: Brian Humphrey Newsgroups: alt.emergency.services.dispatcher,alt.firefighters,alt.wildland.firefighting
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 8, 2000
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Brian Humphrey" <beh9593@...>
      Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 18:02
      Subject: The LAFD asks you - What is a Vet?

      > The Los Angeles Fire Department takes pride in its credo:
      > "...at all times, service above self".
      > There are times however, when our efforts - no matter how valiant - should
      > be
      > rightfully overshadowed. One such time is this Saturday. Please join me in
      > taking time to ponder the following question...
      > =====
      > WHAT IS A VET?
      > Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing
      > limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in their eye.
      > Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a
      > bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of
      > inner steel:
      > a soul forged in the refinery of adversity.
      > Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept
      > America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by
      > What is a vet?
      > He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia
      > sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers
      > run out of fuel.
      > He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose
      > frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by
      > hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
      > She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep
      > sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
      > He is the POW who went away one person and came back another -or- didn't
      > come
      > back AT ALL.
      > He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat - but has
      > saved
      > countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members
      > into
      > Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
      > He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals
      > with a
      > prosthetic hand.
      > He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him
      > by.
      > He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose
      > at
      > the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all
      > anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the
      > or
      > in the ocean's sunless deep.
      > He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and
      > aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes
      > all
      > day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares
      > come.
      > He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who
      > some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who
      > sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
      > He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is
      > nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest,
      > greatest nation ever known.
      > So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just
      > over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it
      > will
      > mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
      > Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
      > Remember, November 11th is Veterans Day.
      > One fine man probably summarized it best...
      > "It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the
      > It
      > is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is
      > soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to
      > demonstrate.
      > 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."
      > Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
      > ----------------------
      > Stay Safe!
      > Brian Humphrey
      > Firefighter/Paramedic
      > Public Information Officer
      > Los Angeles Fire Department
      > LAFD website: http://www.lafd.org
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