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In all that goes on in our busy lives, take a minute to think about a different era, a different time almost 100 years ago when the world was torn by global war.

World War I was literally generations and lifetimes ago, hard to contemplate.

Airplanes were canvas and wood. There was no television, no cell phones, no GPS. One still might get around with horse and buggy as much as a new-fangled motor car.

In "The War to End All Wars," young men fought stalemate battles in muddy, filthy trenches and in the mined, barbed-wire, wide open Hell of a killing ground known as "No Man's Land," with shells and bullets and their comrades falling around them.

Men died from horrible wounds, poison gas, disease. Death was everywhere.

War is terrible.

As we move forward, the surviving links to the past continue to dwindle.

Now there are just two men in the world remaining from the armies who fought World War I.

In our lifetimes, the Tommies and Doughboys from that conflict will have become extinct. Canada has just lost its last surviving WWI vet. We have one vet left, as does Great Britain.

Our heroes from WWII are also dying at the estimated rate of 1,500 a day.
Our generations of soldiers from Korea and Vietnam are growing older.

Take a moment and think of their service and sacrifice, honor them, and say thanks. And put in a good word for our U.S. servicemen and women today, too.

Different world, different way of life, different weapons, but the same American honor, courage, spirit and sacrifice in their service, so that the rest of us may be free.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/...s-aged-109.html
 

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This has been pretty quiet with all the other news that has gone on, but an era has passed to closure before our eyes.

The last American male veteran -- last of the Doughboys -- of WW I has died.

Frank Buckles, America's last WWI veteran, dies aged 110

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12601173

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/28/veter...s-w-va-age-110/

The last Tommy, Harry Patch, died last summer in July at 111.

Please take a moment, give thanks and say a little prayer for all our servicemen and women of WW I, and of all our conflicts.


In Flanders' Fields, read by Linus Van Pelt
 

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It seems that there are still two left from "The War to End All Wars. " I thought I saw this the other day.

While the land/trench warriors are all now apparently gone, there are two vets left in Britain, one is a woman, Florence Green from the Woman's Royal Air Force, the other, a man named Claude Stanley Choules from the Royal Navy. God bless 'em!

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/20/gr...tain-turns-110/
 

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Condolences and my respect to the many men and women that gave their lives many years ago that helped us continue to be the great country we are today.
 

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Holy Sh!t, the things he had seen in his life!!!! Amazing, the first gas car, two world wars, the rise and fall of the USSR, the division and reuniting of Germany, the space race, the first man on the moon.........what a life to have lived!!!

Coincidentally, today is the anniversary of Admiral Alan Sheppard's first flight into low orbit...."Why don't you fix your little problem and light this candle..."......Sheppard had balls the size of church bells....
 
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