Knight of MarsBeater of Ass
3rd June 2006
After discussing it's contents with a moderator, we feel it will be better suited in General Discussion. I received an email from a friend the other day, and it brought a tear to my eye. I would like to share it with you. Maybe, just maybe, it will put things in perspective for a few of you who really have no idea. I fully support my brothers and sisters-in-arms, and if you do as well, you'll enjoy this poem:
The American Soldier Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes.
He stays up for days on end. _________________________
You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water. __________________________
You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward. __________________________
You put on your 'anti war/don't support the troops' shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt. __________________________
You make sure your cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags. __________________________
You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again. __________________________
You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists. __________________________
You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow. __________________________
You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn't get to eat today. __________________________
Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean. __________________________
You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today. __________________________
You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months. __________________________
You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home. __________________________
You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do every day.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume. __________________________
You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet __________________________
You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting. __________________________
You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs, and screams of the wounded and dying. __________________________
You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him. __________________________
You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He does exactly what he is told. __________________________
You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat. __________________________
You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gunfire. __________________________
You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him.
If only there were more men like him!!! __________________________
If you support your troops, re-send this to everyone you know.
If it gets to another veteran who hasn't received it yet, it will bring back memories.
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
Well, I can't say this is the first time that I've seen it, but it still gets me every time.
Phantom of the Forums
19th August 2003
The war may or may not be right, I don't know, but I've never disrespected the soldiers fighting in it. Regardless of the reason, they're putting their lives on the line for their country, and deserve respect.
The Old Man
4th September 2004
Very well put.
I train sheep to cage fight!!
8th January 2006
the men who fight for us deserve more respect than any president or politic, they make the ultimate sacrifice for you and the country and should be treated as such
20th November 2005
I love this message. It really makes you think of how much soldiers go through to defend freedom.
24th July 2004
Well put and all, but it kind of makes it seem like the soldiers didn't have a choice of going there, even though it's an all volunteer army.
Knight of MarsBeater of Ass
3rd June 2006
I was definatley not given a choice. I arrived at my first post, Ft. Hood, had 3 days to go back to Georgia and pick up my family (newly wed), get back to texas. From there, we had 2 days to go through all our pre-deployment rituals... Anthrax shots, small pox vaccines... fun stuff like that. Then, it's off to have some fun in the sun, in Iraq.
Stoned SpudWell put and all, but it kind of makes it seem like the soldiers didn't have a choice of going there, even though it's an all volunteer army.
Going where? Iraq?
When you are contracted into the service you swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, obey the officers appointed over you (within the limits of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), and to defend the United States from all enemies both foreign and domestic.
In other words, they made their choice by signing up in the first place. Besides, you can't rightly have only two thirds of a company go overseas, and have the other third not want to go.
I'm too cool to Post
17th July 2003