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Hello folks.  It seems that there has been quite a resurgence of fairy tales lately on the old Television.  NBC and ABC are both putting up some dark fairy tale inspired shows.  But I will tell you something today that is not a fairy tale.

Veterans Day

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Freedom.  It may sound like an ethereal concept to some but it is real, and here, the coots celebrate the freedom that we have to get on and rant.  If you haven’t noticed already, today is November 11th.  Besides some movie releases, today is also Veterans Day.

So from the coots, happy Veterans Day!  If you have served these United States at any time, thank you for your service.  Thank you for allowing us to keep the freedom that lets us write a silly blog like this one without worrying if the government is going to kick in the door and shoot one of us.  Bob may disagree with this, but that is his show to rant on.

If you are currently serving somewhere far from home, or even keeping the peace stateside, we thank you as well.  We spend a couple of holidays honoring those in the military: Memorial Day for those who paid for our freedom with their lives, and Veterans Day for those who made it home.  I like to add those currently serving to Veterans Day, they will be vets soon enough.


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Last year I had a Veterans Day Podcast, you can listen to it here.  My sentiments have not changed.

So you may not be able to go to the bank and you don’t get mail, while you are railing against those facts, remember that it was brave men and women who allow you to get that mail and go to the bank anyway.

Go out and thank a Vet today.  That is Veteran not Veterinarian.  Fly your American flag proudly.  At 11AM  take a moment of silence to honor all of those who have made our country great, from the cooks and secretaries, to the Admirals and Generals who get all of the press.

Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for our freedom.

If you are a Vet, please leave us a comment below we would love to hear from you.

If you are here reading this, Vet or not, please use the share buttons below and promote this post and get our feelings out there to the internet.

Thanks for reading.


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Justin is the young Coot with a Cantankerous Soul who continues to be educated by older, more cootish Ralph and Bob. His Cantankerosity is his own.

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  6 Responses to “Once Upon a Time…”

  1. Justin,
    Thank you for your appreciation of veterans. We Vietnam veterans are quite unused to being appreciated having been for so long reviled as baby killers and the like. It is certainly a new world when cut and run, what’s in it for me politicians tell us Veterans how wonderful we are but you can’t fool us. Democrats these days hate us and the military too! And as usual, they lie.

  2. My Dad is a Viet Nam vet and I grew up with stories of getting dog crap thrown at them in the airport coming home and spit on in the mall etc. He was very annoyed at the treatment of the guys who came home from the first Desert Storm.

    I do truly appreciate veterans and the service they have given! I guess I definitely am not a Democrat. Thanks Ralph.

  3. Justin,
    I’ll bet annoyed is not the word your dad used.

  4. It was more colorful…you know what they say about the language of sailors.

  5. Vietnam Vets served during one of the worst times in our countries history. I have a warm place in my heart for them, but not the military they served in.

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