Today, Take The Time To Thank A Veteran! They Are Why You Are Free!

Today is 11-11-11 and while that number won’t occur for another 100 years today is more special because we honor our veterans.  Happy veterans day!  From our surviving veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and our current serving countrymen, as well as every member of our arms services who have served in times of peace or war, we here at THANK YOU!

I have been blessed in my life to have grown up in a military family.  My father served in the U.S. Coast Guard, my brother and sister in the Army, two of my brothers currently serve as well.  If that is not enough, I live only miles from Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, the home of the 82nd Airborne.  Daily I am fortunate to live among our serving men and women.  It’s a terrific honor.

This year, the nation seems to be honoring our Vietnam Veterans with special honors around the country.  At my sons elementary school the marquee reads “Welcome home Vietnam Veterans”.  On History channel they are playing the very well made documentary “Vietnam – HD”.  A must watch.  It is a reminder of the travesty those men, and women, suffered upon their return home where they were treated as bad as they were in Vietnam.

Here on our site we are afforded a great opportunity to reach overseas to our serving American soldiers who look to us to provide some normalcy to their lives, a taste of the trivial things we here at home often take for granted.  Simple games of sport.  We have several readers who frequent our forum and live game chats and I wan’t to personally thank them for being a part of this site and hope that we, through this site, make them feel closer to home.

I also want to thank and congratulate ArmyRN who after a year long overseas middle-east tour of duty is SAFELY back home in his hometown of Cleveland, Oh.  Arriving home only a short few weeks ago.  RN has been an integral part of this site’s forum and rarely missed a broadcast while he was oversees.  The power of the internet.  It’s because of dedicated soldiers like him that this nation is protected so well.  Their sacrifices and especially the sacrifices of their families at home should never be taken for granted.

Today, when you see a soldier or a veteran take two seconds and extend your hand to say thank you!  You are free because they serve.  Thank you veterans!

Tags: Miami Dolphins Veterans Day

  • fins4ever

    AMEN and well put. Here is to you ArmyRN!

    On a personal note, my 90 yr. old Mother-in-Law is a Marine (no such thing as a former Marine). To celebrate, we are cooking her a gourmet dinner of her favorites (grilled 2″inch thick stuffed center cut pork chops with an apricot glaze , baked cinnamon apples, fresh organic spinach and apple pie ala mode).

    BTW, Applebees is offering free meals to vets today. Not sure of the times.

  • StanChaz

    I don’t need 11-11-11 to remind me that America will always be number one in my heart…the land and the people that I love. Problem is, America used to work. The people had work. The system worked. Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work…(sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect – but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. And now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. What they call “trickle down economics”… leaves most of us out in the cold cold rain. We need to get back to what America was, and what it should be, and what it can be. Occupy Wall Street is no longer just a place called Zuccotti Park – Zuccotti Park is everywhere. You can beat us and arrest us, you can mace and tear-gas us, you can try to “permit” us to death….but you can’t kill an idea. You can’t keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life…..a life with dignity and freedom….for us… and for our kids. More power to Occupy Wall Street, as it spreads to every town and city – because OWS is us, and for us, and by us. It comes up from the grassroots, and it lifts us up in turn. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice – for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But It’s more than just words…. It’s more than just politics. It’s your life, and how you want to live it. So why not take some time, find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief life….one chance….one roll of the dice…and many choices. It’s time to choose….to risk…and to act. If not now…then when? If not you, then….who? You DO have the power my friend….and the choice is yours. Don’t let your dreams die….

  • RandyCarlson


    Leave the political bull$#it at the door,you can find hundreds of forums to

    express your political views (this is not the forum)

  • RandyCarlson


    I suppose you will have a follow up post just to rub it in and tell us how good it was.

  • Phinphanatic

    No, I’m not that mean…LOL. It’s replaying on the history channel so give it a look.

  • ArmyRn

    I said this before and I’ll say it again…to Brian and all the forum rats(you know who you are) on this site…..THANKS!!!!!!!!!! The ability to connect here a read opinions about my beloved Dolphins was a daily event I looked forward to over there….It amazing how technology works and how it can keep the troops over there connected to home and a sense of normal routine……….The big respect is to be given to those vets of earlier eras as they did not have this technology and had no HOME connection for them except for snail mail..

  • RandyCarlson

    Actually I was talking about the pork chops,that sounded real good!

  • RandyCarlson


    Thank you for your service and welcome home,my son has a few more days of boot camp left (ARMY) when he is deployed he will definitely want to hear about the Dolphins and MOM.