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Yep, another one. A friend sent this to me.....

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This is worth sharing.
From a MILITARY Mom.
Love you,

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer..

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts..

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed..

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great- grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . .

A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

Prayer wheel for our military... please don't break it. Please pray this Prayer.

Prayer Wheel

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq .

There is nothing attached...
This can be very powerful...

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, CoastGuardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FLEMIDG 8/27/2009 12:16AM

    I loved your blog. I am a Canadian, but I will pray for Americans and Canadians over in Afghanistan. They can all use some prayer. God Bless You.

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NELLIEC 8/26/2009 7:35PM

    I pray that prayer every day!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/26/2009 3:29PM

    Wow! how touching.
I am most definitely saying a prayer for our military men and women.

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S_HANSEN 8/26/2009 2:47PM

    Joy, thanks for sharing. I have received this one as well. So true...
Hugs, Sondra

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CHEF_TRACI 8/26/2009 2:07PM

    Joy, you aren't supposed to make me cry! It's okay though, everything makes me cry lately, happy tears, sad tears, frustrated tears. I had no idea I had so many tear worthy emotions! My soldier hubby will be home in a few weeks! Thanks for the post.

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COLEISMYSOUL 8/26/2009 1:28PM

    God Bless our Military! emoticon

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SUNNY332 8/26/2009 11:34AM

    Praying for our military every day.

DH and I were down at Hannibal last weekend (walked up to the lighthouse) and as we were driving out of town, I saw a sign on the corner of lot that
had two praying hands with a sign between the hands saying, "Pray for our
Military". It was AWESOME.

Thanks again, Joy.

BTW - I am off to see my soldier boy the end of September.


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L*I*T*A* 8/26/2009 11:08AM

    great......thanks for sharing..................blessings and hugs..................lita

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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/26/2009 10:44AM

    God Bless our tropps and keep them safe

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SKSCHULTE1997 8/26/2009 10:41AM

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