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Thank you for your patriotism, your service and your willingness to sacrifice for all us.

Military mirth

HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY!

This holiday makes me think of — and be extremely thankful for — all the men and women from every branch of the military, past and present.

I discovered yesterday that a friend of mine in the neighborhood was a former MARINE.  Since my oldest brother is a retired ARMY Lt. Colonel, I’ve heard a few good-natured jokes over the years about MARINES…so I asked my friend if the humor runs both ways.

The man turned into a stand-up comic.

So in honor of the day, I thought I would share a few jokes about all branches of the military.  (I’m sure none of them would want to be left out.)

ARMY
Doesn’t ARMY stand for Ain’t Really Men Yet?

MARINES
An Airman in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and says, “Wanna hear a MARINE joke?” The guy replies, “I am a MARINE. The huge guy sitting next to me is a MARINE. The big fella next to him is also a MARINE. Now, you still wanna tell that joke?” The Airman says, “Nah. I don’t want to have to explain it three times.”

NAVY
Having passed the enlistment physical, Jon was asked by the doctor, “Why do you want to join the NAVY, son?”
“My father said it’d be a good idea, Sir.”
“Oh? And what does your father do?”
“He’s in the ARMY, Sir.”

AIR FORCE
Q: How do you know if there is a fighter pilot at your party?
A: He’ll tell you.

Q: What’s the difference between God and fighter pilots?
A: God doesn’t think he’s a fighter pilot.

Q: What’s the difference between a fighter pilot and a jet engine?
A: A jet engine stops whining when the plane shuts down.

Good stuff.

Have you heard one from your family or friends? Add it in the comments section.

All due respect

Today is Veterans’ Day.

As the proud sister of a retired Army Lt. Colonel and veteran of the first Persian Gulf War, and the daughter of a veteran of the Korean War, I want to send a personal note of thanks to all service men and women, past and present, for their dedication and service to our country.

When I watched the clip of President Obama’s speech at the memorial service at Fort Hood, Texas yesterday, I was saddened by the tragic, senseless loss, but at the same time, uplifted by the words of comfort that our commander in chief so eloquently offered.

“For those families who have lost a loved one, no words can fill the void that’s been left.  We knew these men and women as soldiers and caregivers.  You knew them as mothers and fathers; sons and daughters; sisters and brothers.

But here is what you must also know:  Your loved ones endure through the life of our nation.  Their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched.  Their life’s work is our security, and the freedom that we all too often take for granted.  Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that is their legacy.”

What a beautiful tribute to the fallen.  And, I believe, his words come from a place of deepest respect.  President Obama will not put our service men and women at risk without just cause.

What a difference a year makes.