Not Forgotten


young and fearless

kind and strong

you and your friends

joined the throng

young men and women

giving their best

some living some dying

many lives put to rest

we honor you

who humbly served

suffered and sacrificed

not what you deserved

our freedom rests today

on the shoulders

of those who lived

and gave their lives away

Photo courtesy of the US Army Africa

Italian Armed Forces Day Commemoration - 4 November 2009 - Vicenza, Italy

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Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are developing elementary curriculum for Ugandan children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. Along with the curriculum, we hope to develop simple fictions about Uganda for the children to read at school. Trust me books are in short supply. We will use our trusted story tellers: a butterfly and a lion to make the stories come alive. Stay tuned as Bethany and Me put pen to paper. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Really nicely put and I wonder if our perspective is different because we have served.

    Funny thing is for me when I look at that picture I see the females wearing pants and thinking that way back when I served it would never have been allowed for us to wear pants, except for with our fatiques. And we were really thankful we were able to wear the fatiques. Even when I was growing up and going to school all of us girls had to wear dresses or skirts, it wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that they allowed us to wear pants or shorts to school. Wow, how times change. But they still never allow the women to hold a combat MOS even though they go through combat, they cannot hold a combat MOS. It is probably a good thing but it still shows the inequality in a place that one would think would be in the forefront of equality. Oh well, such is life.

    Would the world not be a better place if there were no more wars being fought anywhere. Alas I know this will probably never be a reality due to the nature of mankind and the greed that seems to rule so many. But having a government tell it’s people what they should do is so wrong in so many ways. A government should guide and protect it’s people, not force the the agenda of the people in power upon those they govern. This is one reason that a military that protects it’s people and the freedom of it’s people is something that is necessary.

    I have asked this question of other ex-military and everyone gives me the same answer, I ask them that if you had to choose to protect the Constitution or follow a Presidential Commander-In-Chief who goes against the Constitution, which one would you do. As long as I get the same answer from everyone who has once served then I know that our country and military are in good hands. If the answer ever changes then we will have to worry.

    God bless.

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      1. Not all the va’s are the same especially in major metiipolotran citys. I am no longer homeless, however the va did help me get back on my feet and back to work. You must realize a lot of vets have abused the system to the point of severe screening process. To find out just what you want to acheive in your treatment. I live out in the courntry now, 2 hrs from houston, tx. and there are some 3.500 homeless vets walking the streets of the houston metroplex. There is no way for everyone to be helped at once. One must have patients, and be smart about what YOU the vets wants to acheive. Just remember if you go for help, be smart, and do not LIE about your situation. The va has your records and if you are caught in a LIE they will NOT help you and you have generated a computer trail that will follow you to every va you seek help at. Vietnam combat vet and us army sfc retired Riley

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    1. whatever, it’s only because I toeuhcd it that the Whitney wanted it. I think they’re after my cells, they’ve been trying to clone me for years. I think they’re working on a super army of super artists or some shit.

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