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Old 12th November 2002, 08:40 AM   #11
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I did not mean to say that it was MY birthday as well...
Just quoted Fred to congratulate him. And it isn't even his birthday either.
But thanks anyway. I will look at this thread again when I really have my birthday. Februari 28 if you care.
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Old 12th November 2002, 08:50 AM   #12
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I hope that reason prevails
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Old 12th November 2002, 02:41 PM   #13
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Default I was drafted

I was playing bass six nights a week - and considered being drafted a major inconvenience to say the least - They didn't draw numbers in those years

I did not believe in our role in Viet Nam. However, even more than that I did not believe in evading the draft.

I met and married my first wife while I was in which began a 13 year period of the most miserable years of my life.

I served most of my 2 years as an instructor and the Army never took me more than 110 miles from my home. I was one of the luckiest drafties ever.

I seperated as a Sargeant and worked hard to do my best while I was in. However, I can think of few things I have dislike more in my life than being in the military. I guess my outlook might have been different if I had volunteered.

Although I didn't like it personally, I have great respect for our military and met some really sharp people.

I really do appreciate those who are serving for our country

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Old 13th November 2002, 07:01 AM   #14
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Touching Fred. Thank You :hat on heart smiley:

The closest anyone in my family got to the War was my dad who was in training at age 19 when the war ended.

My grandfather (his father) deserted from the Austro-Hungarian army because he didn't like the idea of killing people (he then came to the NE US and then on to Saskatchewan)

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Old 13th November 2002, 01:36 PM   #15
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Default History Repeats....

My mother once showed me a small box in her collection that is an heirloom.
In that box was a reusable syringe, needles and a sharpening stone.
My mother explained that as a child she heard loud knocking on the door at 3.00 am one night, and that the Gestapo came and took my school headmaster grandfather away.
He was taken to concentration camp for 3 years for being in the Danish resistance, and in this camp he was assigned as a medical officer.
As my mother explained, that little box enabled him to survive, and he wrote a book about it in Danish, that I should learn to read.
I did get to meet my grandfather a good number of times, and his calm and compassion are qualities that permeate.

Let us all hope that in the near future, all wars be banished and mankind learn to live in happy and beneficial cooperation.
I hope that the information age that we now are part of, be used correctly to enlighten and make aware, all of us around the planet of the perils we face in our climatically and environmentally changing future.

Surely these subjects are of greater import than any ideological or political differences, and may ALL of the world learn by the terrible mistakes already made.

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Old 13th November 2002, 04:59 PM   #16
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Happy Birthday Fred,

Thanks for the remembrance of Armistice Day. It is truly a day of remembrance and honoring those that have sacrificed for a free world. It is particularly poignant for my family as we lost my brother in Viet Nam in ’69.

I do see it as Armistice Day, but as Veterans Day as well. It’s the sacrifice that is sacred.

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