We are UNITED!
pages are dedicated to the heroes of
September 11, 2001
We saw the BEST of the American Spirit
These pages are dedicated to that Spirit
and to our Brave American Military
and our Military Families
making us the Greatest Country on Earth!
Soldiers & Veterans
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
not the community organizer,
who has given us
the freedom to assemble.
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair
It is the Soldier/Veteran,
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the
to burn the flag.
Marine Chaplain Dennis Edward O'Brian
8, 2009 Joe
Kress (LTC retired) Says
Edward OBrien was a US Marine
during WWII trained as a forward
artillery observer serving in
the south pacific. AFTER his military
service he became a Catholic priest.
In that capacity later in life
he served as the chaplain to the
First Marine Division Association.
Authoritative sources who knew
Father OBrien state that
he never claimed to be the author
of the inspiring piece, It
is the soldier, not
He did not know who the author
was, but used the quote and so
his name became associated with
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Must NEVER FORGET
The Worst Attack on American Soil In The History
Of Our Nation
proud warriors of Baker Company
wanted to do something to pay
tribute to our fallen comrades.
So since we are part of the only
Marine Infantry Battalion left
in Iraq, the one way that we could
think of doing that is by taking
a picture of Baker Company saying
the way we feel, to let the world
know that WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN
THEM. We are proud to serve our
Fi, 1st Sgt. Dave Jobe
Stuart Mill (British
"War is an ugly thing,
but not the ugliest
of things; the decayed
and degraded state
of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks
nothing worth a war,
is worse. A man who
has nothing which
he cares more about
than he does about
his personal safety
is a miserable creature
who has no chance
at being free, unless
made and kept so by
the exertions of better
men than himself."
Chaplain Dennis Edward
O'Brian: "It is the
soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom
of the press. It is
the soldier, not the
poet, who has given
us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us the
freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath
the flag, and whose
coffin is draped by
the flag, who allows
the protester to burn
Whether we are grateful
they will continue to defend
NOT FOR A SINGLE MINUTE
American troops, along with troops from dozens
of other freedom-loving countries of the Coalition
of the Willing,
BEST COMMERCIALS ~
This commercial about 9.11.2001 appeared
This commercial Thanking Our Troops
sacrifice every comfort...their lives...
so WE can go about our daily business...so
WE can FORGET that we were attacked...so EVERY
AMERICAN has the FREEDOM to complain about
traffic jams...about not getting a good night's
sleep...become irate when our car gets a parking-lot
ding...speak our minds on anything ~ including
whether or not their service is defending
the Freedom of peoples everywhere.
we are grateful or not,
they will continue to defend our freedoms.
THEY NEVER FORGET...NOT FOR
A SINGLE MINUTE
A September 2004 Email
Praying, Protecting, Befriending,
Missing Their Families, Pausing To
Do Simple Things We Take For Granted.
Remember Them...Keep Them In Your
article has been sent around by email...It
powerfully demonstrates why our brave
Troops of every generation have always
been willing to sacrifice so much...Paul
Harvey had a great talent at being able
to get to the very heart of any issue.
If you agree, copy and email this link...
don't believe in Santa Claus, but
I'm not going to sue somebody for
singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December.
I don't agree with Darwin, but I didn't
go out and hire a lawyer when my high
school teacher taught his theory of
liberty or your pursuit of happiness
will not be endangered because someone
says a 30-second prayer before a football
what's the big deal? It's not like
somebody is up there reading the entire
book of Acts. They're just talking
to a God they believe in and asking
him to grant safety to the players
on the field and the fans going home
from the game.
it's a Christian prayer," some will
and this is the United States of America,
a country founded on Christian principles.
According to our very own phone book,
Christian churches outnumber all others
better than 200-to-1. So what would
you expect ~ somebody chanting Hare
I went to a football game in Jerusalem,
I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.
If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad,
I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.
If I went to a ping pong match in
China, I would expect to hear someone
pray to Buddha.
I wouldn't be offended. It wouldn't
bother me one bit. When in Rome...
what about the atheists?" is another
about them? Nobody is asking them
to be baptized. We're not going to
pass the collection plate. Just humor
us for 30 seconds. If that's asking
too much, bring a Walkman or a pair
of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom.
Visit the concession stand. Call your
one or two will make that call. One
or two will tell thousands what they
can and cannot do. I don't think a
short prayer at a football game is
going to shake the world's foundations.
are just sick and tired of turning
the other cheek while our courts strip
us of all our rights. Our parents
and grandparents taught us to pray
before eating; to pray before we go
Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.
Now a handful of people and their
lawyers are telling us to cease praying.
help us. And if that last sentence
offends you, well ... just sue me.
silent majority has been silent too
long. It's time we let that one or
two who scream loud enough to be heard
.... that the vast majority don't
care what they want. It is time the
majority rules! It's time we tell
them, you don't have to pray; you
don't have to say the pledge of allegiance;
you don't have to believe in God or
attend services that honor Him. That
is your right, and we will honor your
right. But by golly, you are no longer
going to take our rights away. We
are fighting back ... and we WILL
bless us one and all ... especially
those who denounce Him. God bless
America, despite all her faults. She
is still the greatest nation of all.
bless our service men who are fighting
to protect our right to pray and worship
2005 be the year the silent majority
is heard and we put God back as the
foundation of our families and institutions.
you agree, copy and email this link...
for our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines,
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
Prayer Request: When you read this,
please stop for a moment and say a
prayer for our troops around the world
~ and copy and email this link
to all the people in your address
book. Do not let it stop with you,
please.... Of all the gifts you could
give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman,
Marine and others deployed in harm's
way, Prayer is the very best one.
PS: Don't forget about the civilian
contractors. They are on the front
lines with the military. They may
make more money, but have none of
the bennies of the military. They
need your prayers for their safety
our Freedom is NOT Free...
This image is being sent across the
web and is here to remind us all to
pray for the safety of OUR BRAVE TROOPS
who all VOLUNTEERED to defend us and
the freedoms we rarely think about.
They are our very best and deserve our
statue currently stands outside the
Iraqi palace, now home to the
4th Infantry division. It will eventually
be shipped home and put in the memorial
museum in Fort Hood, Texas.
This statue was created by an Iraqi
artist named Kalat, who for years
was forced by Saddam Hussein to make
the many hundreds of bronze busts
of Saddam that dotted Baghdad.
Kalat was so grateful to Americans
for the liberation of his country,
he melted three of the heads of the
fallen Saddam and made the statue
as a memorial to American soldiers
and their fallen warriors.
Kalat worked on this memorial night
and day for several months. To
the left of the kneeling soldier is
a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier
comfort as he mourns the loss of his
comrade in arms.
Do you know why we don't hear about
this in the news? Because it is heart
warming and praiseworthy.
The media avoids it because
it does not have the shock effect
that a flashed breast or the controversy
of politics does. But we can do something
We can copy and email this link
to as many people as we can in honor
of all our brave military who are
making a difference. Thank you!!
open letter to terrorists
hit the World Trade Center, but you missed
hit the Pentagon, but you missed America.
lives in US!
Navy River Patrol Veterans from Vietnam
you hit the World Trade Center, but you
missed America. You hit the Pentagon, but
you missed America. You used helpless American
bodies to take out other American bodies,
but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed
Because of something you guys will never
understand. America isn't about a building
or two, not about financial centers, not
about military centers, America isn't about
a place, America isn't even about a bunch
of bodies. America is about an IDEA. An
idea that you can go someplace where you
can earn as much as you can figure out how
to, live for the most part like you envisioned
living, and pursue Happiness. (No guarantees
that you'll reach it, but you can sure try!)
Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine,
and chant your terrorist litany: "If you
cannot see my point, then feel my pain."
concept is alien to Americans. We live in
a country where we don't have to see your
point. But you're free to have one. We don't
have to listen to your speech. But you're
free to say one. Don't know where you got
the strange idea that everyone has to agree
with you. We don't agree with each other
in this country, almost as a matter of pride.
We're a collection of guys that don't agree,
called States. We united our individual
states to protect ourselves from tyranny
in the world.
idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make
it up as you go, when it's your country.
you're free enough.
we're fat, sloppy, easygoing goofs most
of the time. That's an unfortunate image
to project to the world, but it comes of
feeling free and easy about the world you
live in. It's unfortunate, too, because
people start to forget that when you attack
Americans, they tend to fight like a cornered
badger. The first we knew of the War of
1812, was when England burned Washington
D.C. to the ground. Didn't turn out like
England thought it was going to, and it's
not going to turn out like you think, either.
Sorry, but you're not the first bully on
our shores, just the most recent.
Marquis of Queensbury rules for Americans
either. We were the FIRST, and so far, only
country in the world to use nuclear weapons
in anger. Horrific idea, nowadays? News
for you, bucko, it was back then too, but
we used it anyway. Only had two of them
in the whole world and we used 'em both.
Grandpa Jones worked on the Manhattan Project.
Told me once that right up until they threw
the switch, the physicists were still arguing
over whether the Uranium alone would fission,
or whether it would start a fissioning chain
reaction that would eat everything. But
they threw the switch anyway, because we
had a War to win. Does that tell you something
about American Resolve?
who just declared War on us? It would be
nice to point to some real estate, like
the good old days. Unfortunately, we're
probably at war with random camps, in far-flung
places. Who think they're safe. Just like
the Barbary Pirates did, IIRC (if I remember
correctly). Better start sleeping with
one eye open.
a spirit that tends to take over people
who come to this country, looking for opportunity,
looking for liberty, looking for freedom.
Even if they misuse it. The Marielistas,
that Castro emptied out of his prisons,
were overjoyed to find out how much freedom
thing they did when they hit our shores,
was run out and buy guns, The ones that
didn't end up dead, ended up in prisons.
It was a big PITA (pain in the a**)
then (especially in south Florida), but
you're only the newest PITA, not the first.
guys seem to be incapable of understanding
that we don't live in America, America lives
in US! American Spirit is what it's called.
And killing a few thousand of us, or a few
million of us, won't change it.
of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky
kind of Spirit. Until we're crossed in a
cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely
different kind of Spirit.
until you see what we do with that Spirit
tight, if you can. We're coming.
sentencing Richard "Shoe Bomber" Reid
30, 2003, United States vs. Reid. Ruling
by Judge William Young, US District Court.
to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant
if he had anything to say.
response: After admitting his guilt
to the court for the record, Reid also
admitted his "allegiance to Osama bin
Laden, to Islam, and to the religion
of Allah," defiantly stated "I think
I will not apologize for my actions,"
and told the court "I am at war with
Young then delivered this statement...
Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence
the Court imposes upon you.
counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences
you to life in prison in the custody
of the United States Attorney General.
On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences
you to 20 years in prison on
each count, the sentence on each count
to run consecutive one with the other.
That's 80 years.
Count 8 the Court sentences you to the
mandatory 30 years consecutive to the
80 years just imposed....
Court imposes upon you five years supervised
release simply because the law requires
it. But the life sentences are real life
sentences so I need not go any further.
is the sentence that is provided for by
our statutes. It is a fair and a just
sentence. It is a righteous sentence.
Let me explain this to you.
are not afraid of any of your terrorist
coconspirators, Mr. Reid.
We are Americans. We have
been through the fire before. There is
all too much war talk here. And I say
that to everyone with the utmost respect.
in this court where we deal with individuals
as individuals, and care for individuals
as individuals, as human beings we reach
out for justice.
are not an enemy combatant. You are a
terrorist. You are not a soldier in any
war. You are a terrorist.
To give you that reference, to
call you a soldier gives you far too much
stature. Whether it is the
officers of government who do it or your
attorney who does it, or that happens
to be your view, you are a terrorist.
we do not negotiate with terrorists. We
do not treat with terrorists. We do not
sign documents with terrorists.
hunt them down one by one and bring them
war talk is way out of line in this court.
You're a big fellow. But you're not that
big. You're no warrior.
I know warriors. You are a terrorist.
A species of criminal guilty of multiple
a very real sense Trooper
Santiago had it right when
first you were taken off that plane and
into custody and you wondered where the
press and where the TV crews were and
he said you're no big
deal. You're no big deal.
your counsel, what your able counsel and
what the equally able United States attorneys
have grappled with and what I have as
honestly as I know how tried to grapple
with, is why you did something so horrific.
What was it that led you here to this
courtroom today? I have listened respectfully
to what you have to say. And I ask you
to search your heart and ask yourself
what sort of unfathomable hate led you
to do what you are guilty and admit you
are guilty of doing.
I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy
you. But as I search this entire record
it comes as close to understanding as
seems to me you hate the one thing that
to us is most precious. You hate our freedom.
Our individual freedom. Our individual
freedom to live as we choose, to come
and go as we choose, to believe or not
believe as we individually choose.
in this society, the very winds carry
They carry it everywhere from sea to shining
sea. It is because we prize individual
freedom so much that you are here in this
beautiful courtroom. So that everyone
can see, truly see that justice is administered
fairly, individually, and discretely.
is for freedom's sake that your lawyers
are striving so vigorously on your behalf
and have filed appeals, will go on in
their representation of you before other
judges. We care about
it. Because we all know that the way we
treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of
our own liberties.
no mistake though. It is yet true that
we will bear any burden; pay any price,
to preserve our freedoms.
around this courtroom. Mark it well.
The world is not going to long remember
what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow
it will be forgotten. But this, however,
will long endure. Here, in this courtroom,
and courtrooms all across America, the
American people will gather to see that
justice, individual justice, justice,
not war, individual justice is in fact
very President of the United States through
his officers will have to come into courtrooms
and lay out evidence on which specific
matters can be judged, and juries
of citizens will gather to sit and judge
that evidence democratically, to
mold and shape and refine our sense of
that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of
the United States of America. That flag
will fly there long after this is all
forgotten. That flag still stands for
freedom. You know it always will.
Custody, Mr. Officer. Stand him down.
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When Did It Start...CLICK