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Stern of South Korea naval ship lifted from sea bed

May 25, 2010

The South Korean navy has raised the stern section of one of its warships which sank after an unexplained explosion last month.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8621418.stm


Just a Common Soldier

May 20, 2010

Wanted to share this with everyone. This poem was first published in 1987 in Larry Vaincourt’s newspaper column. There are several incorrect versions of this poem circulating the web. Please visit http://vaincourt.homestead.com/Common_Soldier.html to see more of Larry Vaincourt’s Ryhmes & Reflections.

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

© 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt


Operation Stores & Stripes

May 13, 2010

Sears Hometown Stores – in partnership with Maytag Brand is calling all Military Veterans to participate in the first ever opportunity to win a Sears Hometown Store!

Visit the link below for details on the contest, rules and regulations, online application and more.

http://www.searshometownstores.com/veteran/


Fishing Tournament

March 24, 2010

Hey Purple Heart Recipients! We’re ready for the Fishing Tournament, are you!?

Click Here for registration.


IRAQ WAR HERO AND AN ELITE ATHLETE JERROD FIELDS TO SPEAK IN BRANSON, MO

March 17, 2010

On March 26, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Lodge of the Ozarks in Branson, MO a decorated Iraq War veteran Jerrod Fields, who lost his leg in a heroic battle and became a champion athlete training for 2012 Paralympic Games will share his remarkable story.

Fields, 27, grew up in a Chicago neighborhood “flooded with gangs and drugs”. His mother died of lung cancer when he was 5. His father was shot and killed when he was 11.

Jerrod joined the Gansta Disciples but dreamed of education and sports and attended Tennessee State University for two years. He then enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Iraq in January 2005. A month later on reconnaissance mission in Baghdad, his left ankle and foot were mutilated by a roadside bomb. After managing to drive his four fellow soldiers back to base (this act of valor earned him a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart), Fields faced a life-changing choice in a hospital in Germany: have surgery and be discharged, or amputate and stay a soldier.

He chose amputation, and after receiving a C-shaped prosthesis, worked himself quickly into combat shape and prepared for redeployment into Iraq in 2007. Two days before redeployment Jerrod found out that he was accepted into World Class Athlete Program. Having never had run track before, Jerrod started training for Paralympics and within a year, was running 100 meters in 12 seconds flat.

“We don’t know what’s in us until we get the opportunity that pulls it out of us,” says Jerrod Fields. He credits his unwavering faith in God for pulling him through and making him victorious over challenges.

His appearance in Branson is sponsored by World Missions Alliance of Branson West, MO and is a part of an inspirational event VICTORIOUS: WMA Conference taking place March 24-27, 2010 at the Lodge of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. Other speakers include bestselling author Mark Batterson, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Tamrat Layne and American Idol 2010 contestant Dave Pittman from Mountain Home, AR.

The event is open to the public. For more information call: 417-231-4131


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