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Posted by on Nov 11, 2006 in At TMV | 6 comments

In Remembrance and Heartfelt Thanks

First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.
Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli,
We will fight our country’s battles
On the land as on the sea!
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean,
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Anchor’s aweigh, my boys, anchor’s aweigh,
Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day
Through our last night on shore,
Drink to the foam until we meet once more,
here’s wishing you a happy voyage home!

We’re always ready for the call,
We place our trust in Thee.
Through surf and storm and howling gale,
High shall our purpose be.
“Semper Paratus” is our guide,
Our fame and glory too.
To fight to save or fight to die,
Aye! Coast Guard, we are for you!

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At ’em boys, Give ‘er the gun! (Give ‘er the gun now!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!

I think it’s vitally important that we all take time today to reflect on the Armed Forces and our veterans, both those who made it back from defending us and those less fortunate. Specifically as bloggers and lovers of writing and discourse.

Keep in mind, not only today but each day you take to pen or microphone or keyboard that you do so thanks only to brave American soldiers throughout our history. We express our opinions not truly with ink or pixels, but using the blood of our brave sons and daughters, from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.

All are welcome to criticise our great nation’s foreign policy, but not open to criticism is the bravery, responsiblity, and heroism of our nation’s Armed Forces.

“Over there are some Civil War veterans. Iron flags on their graves, New Hampshire boys had a notion that the Union ought to be kept together, though they’d never seen more than fifty miles of it themselves. All they knew was the name, friends – the United States of America. The United States of America. And they went and died for it.” -Thornton Wilder

Happy Veteran’s Day.

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