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Veterans Day and gun owners

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by whughett, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. whughett

    whughett Member

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    Tomorrow is Veterans day, thank you to all my fellow veterans for their service. I’ll celebrate with a free breakfast at a local restaurant then range time with family and a fellow veteran.
     
  2. Sistema1927

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    Going out for a free meal isn't my thing.

    I will, however, fly both my US and US Army flags tomorrow.
     
  3. entropy

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    I fly my US flag every day and night, the pole is too short to add an Army flag or the Gadsden flag my wife got me. I am going to the range to zero the BUS set I have on my AR pistol. My oath didn't expire at ETS, and I need a firearm with sights in able to have the capability of fulfilling it. I also have to test fire a .22 I fixed for a friend.
     
  4. TikkaShooter

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    Same as you when I enlisted, I swore a solemn oath. When I ETS'ed, no one relieved me of my solemn oath that means I am still bound by it.
     
  5. .308 Norma

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    I was carrying at the Veterans Day dinner the American Legion Auxiliary put on for us yesterday evening. It was held at the Senior Citizen Center in Downey. The food wasn’t really all that great, but the company was.:)
    Happy Veterans Day everyone!
     
  6. TikkaShooter

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    We live about 20 some miles from the Currahee Museum in Toccoa, GA.

    As a FYI in Cherokee, Currahee means "Stand Alone"

    https://www.camptoccoaatcurrahee.org Where they trained was Camp Toccoa which somehow was lost in popular history.
    If one is in the area; the museum is well worth a tour. There are lots of WWII firearms on display.

    Here is the horse stable the 506th stayed in before they jumped on D-Day
    https://ww2thebigone.com/2016/06/20/currahee-military-museum/

    BTW, the site is interesting to check out.
     
  7. earlthegoat2

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    Anyone else try to hide the fact they are a veteran on Veterans Day?

    I don’t don’t want any fanfare for needng a job and getting one from the place that rarely turns anyone down.
     
  8. JTHunter

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    Weather is going to keep me from putting out my flag tomorrow as we are supposed to have rain changing over to snow with a low of ~15 Monday night.
    God bless all Vets, esp. the ones that have had combat duty.
     
  9. Buzznrose

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    I don’t really hide it, but I don’t brag on it. To each their own. I always feel kinda foolish when at an event and folks ask vets to stand. I rarely do unless my wife, who is also a vet, stands too.

    but it doesn’t mean I think vets don’t matter...you all do! Have a great Veterans day.
     
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  10. Wisco

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    I hide it on Veterans Day. I won’t leave my place tomorrow.

    I hate being thanked for my service. I usually tell whoever says “thanks for your service” that I traded my body, mental health, and most of my dignity for a 5-year paycheck and education benefits - you’re welcome.
     
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  11. entropy

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    I don't hide it, but I don't advertise it, either. I don't feel I should be honored for something I consider a duty.
     
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  12. Sistema1927

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    On Friday my Dad was helping me run some errands. He was wearing his Korea-Vietnam cap (1950-1971), and we couldn't go 5 feet without someone thanking him for his service. I just kept quiet, since I didn't think that my Cold War service and disability retirement as a result of an M60 tank accident at Ft. Hood (1980-1986) needed any recognition.
     
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  13. old lady new shooter

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    Thank you to all the veterans here. :)
     
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  14. Pat Riot

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    Happy Veteran’s Day to all who served.
    Tomorrow is a holiday where I work but we have a lot going on. I was going to go into work but my boss said “You take the day. You earned it. You’re a Vet, I’m not. I’ll come into work.”
    I got me a pretty cool boss. I am going to drop my wife’s truck off for tires and brakes. I am going to wash my motorcycle then I am going to put some guns in my saddlebags, ho for a ride and stop at the range.
    I am planning a good day for myself. If it doesn’t go as planned that’ll be all right.
    At least I am home enjoying life.
     
  15. earlthegoat2

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    Did anyone ever have a drill instructor who would say “Don’t thank me, thank your recruiter”?

    I do a little twist on that when people thank me for my service. I say, “Dont thank me, thank my recruiter.” Sometimes I’ll say “What are you thanking me for? You should join up,”

    Yeah, being thanked for my service is kind of awkward for me as I’m sure it is for all of you.
     
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  16. RETG

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    I don't hide it, and I don't flaunt it. And being a 'Nam vet, I hate it when someone says "thank you for your service"! Considering back in the late 60s, there parents most likely tried to spit on my or call me names I cannot print on this forum.
     
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  17. Steve S.

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    I don’t want to be thanked - the thank you always seems forced, choreographed and phony to me and more importantly, I did not serve for them - they owe me nothing.
    I also get asked if I am going on the “Honor Flight”; during Vietnam, I was ordered/ shipped to the Republic of Panama - I never stepped foot in Vietnam - standing before “The Wall” would not feel right to me.
    The Army taught me a discipline that has carried me well thru life; I am glad I served and I had a good time doing it. For all those who wore the uniform, enjoy your day.
     
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    I don't really like it when people say "thank you for your service". I'm not even sure what to say back. The fact is, I joined as a volunteer when I was a teenager for the "adventure" and volunteered for nearly everything available because I liked it, period. Because of what I did, there was some "rock star" status, but I mostly enjoyed working with the high functioning people who were in my field- relationships that continue to this day, 9 years after retirement. I ended up staying for a long time for the job security and benefits. With the exception of certain license plates (provided free of charge by my DMV) I don't make a habit out of advertising my service. I know what I did, and I don't want or need validation from someone else.
     
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  19. TikkaShooter

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    At the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, we went to a fund raiser at Camp Tocca where I picked these up. They are made from wood cut from the original barracks that was too rotted to be used to restore a barracks. The Challenge coins are still available and these aren't.

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  20. kcofohio
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    I hear you. But when I got out of the Army, in the mid-80s, jobs where hard to come by in my parts of Missouri. I was able to land a job, albeit not great pay, within a week after my ETS. Mostly due to the manager thought highly of veterans. My platoon Sgt. instilled some fear in me too by saying, "All that waits for you out there are soup lines, better re-up!" So I figured I needed all the help I could get in landing a job.
     
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  21. Pat Riot

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    Regarding people thanking me for my service. I stopped wearing the ball caps that have my ship’s name and insignia on them. They are repro’s of the hats we wore when aboard when I served in the early 80’s. My favorite hat now, when I wear a hat, is the one I got when I won the lottery to take a “Turnaround Cruise” on the USS Constitution last July 4th. I figure no one thinks I served aboard her. Hahaha...at least I hope not. :D

    I used to wear Navy tee shirts and had Navy decals on my truck. I stopped that too.

    The sad part is I stopped identifying myself as ex-Navy not so much over people “thanking” me, but over (I am not sure what the term might be) people over flaunting their service. And people that I am almost positive did not serve claiming to have served for notoriety. I really don’t want to be lumped in with those knuckleheads.

    I park in “veteran only” parking spots, if available, and I will take advantage of veteran discounts when it suits me, like at Home Depot and Lowe’s, but other than that I am pretty quiet about it.
    Oh, the place I work has a big Veteran’s Day breakfast with the CEO and upper management staff. I was invited again but declined. I went to one of those years ago and it made me want to puke. People bragging about their own fantastic contributions to war efforts when there were no wars or mess cooks who took on the role of “Sniper” because “no one else could do it” to save their base... I left. Won’t attend another...
     
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  22. Pat Riot

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    I got that same speech when I got out of the Navy. I darn near re-upped but I got a job offer at a company called Hughes Aircraft in California and bolted. :cool:
    Hughes lived hiring Vets and I believe was mandated to do so via DOD contracts. :D
     
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  23. Shanghai McCoy

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    It's 19 deg and snowing with a 10-30 mph wind here so won't be going out shooting. Seems like a good day to hunker down at the reloading bench.
    Now, to my fellow Vets I wish you all a Happy Veteran's Day and, to those who feel that they didn't do anything special by joining up, remember when we signed those papers it was a "blank check". What we did, or didn't do, was not usually up to us.
    Be proud for having served. :thumbup:
     
  24. murf

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    thank you for your sacrifice. yours is to do or die.

    I was never in the military. but I will be part of the Veterans Day services held today @ 11am by the yarnell american legion. I do this twice a year to honor vets, not for their service, but for their sacrifice.

    hats off to all servicemen and servicewomen,

    murf
     
  25. GunnyUSMC

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    Happy Veteran's Day to all my Brothers that have served and are serving. To those that have see the Elephant, I say welcome home.
     
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