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    #16
    Originally posted by Eileen View Post
    I watched the HBO movie 'Taking Chance' the other night. It is the true story of the marine escort who took the body of Chance Phelps home to his family after his death in the mid-east. I cried my way through several parts of it, but was awed by the respect shown the dead by the escorts, as well as the mortuary services at Dover AFB. The end of the film shows old footage of Chance as a young boy, doing typical youthful things such as water skiing, making faces for the camera, and, well, just being a child. He was only 20 when he died. It really brought home the sacrifice of the military and their families. Painful stuff.
    It's incredibly sad. Lights that have gone out too soon.

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      #17
      The best way I can show my reverence is through sharing music. Bette Midler played a singer who performs for the troops in the film For The Boys. In it, she sings a beautiful song entitled In My Life. Get ready to cry, my friends. In this scene, it's the last time she'll see her son alive:

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        #18
        Different Better Midler songs but the lyrics make me cry all the same:

        We had an apartment in the city.
        Me and my husband liked living there.
        It's been years since the kids have grown,
        A life of their own, left us alone.

        John and Linda live in Omaha.
        Joe is somewhere on the road.
        We lost Davy in the Korean war.
        I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore.

        You know that old trees just grow stronger,
        And old rivers grow wilder every day,
        But old people, they just grow lonesome
        Waiting for someone to say,
        "Hello in there. Hello."



        Broken windows and empty hallways,
        A pale dead moon in a sky streaked with grey.
        Human kindness is overflowing,
        And I think it's gonna rain today.



        From a distance you look like my friend,
        Even though we are at war.
        From a distance I just cannot comprehend
        What all this fighting is for.

        From a distance there is harmony,
        And it echoes through the land.
        And it's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves,
        It's the heart of every man.



        It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
        But I've got it all here in my heart.
        I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
        I would be nothing without you.

        Did you ever know that you're my hero?
        You're everything I wish I could be.
        I could fly higher than an eagle,
        For you are the wind beneath my wings.

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          #19
          Memorial Day

          This special day and every day beyond, let us give thanks to the men and women who served and are serving in our military. We especially remember those brave souls who paid the ultimate price to preserve our precious liberty and freedom.

          All gave some, some gave all. God bless our great nation.
          You C.A.N.
          Conquer Adversity Now

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            #20
            Thinking of your daughter Res, hope she is well.

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              #21
              I think my Dad left a part of his soul in Korea.
              He died 10 yrs ago. We went to the cemetery mid week and put our flags out. I was nice to see how many others had already been there.

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                #22
                In Flanders Fields
                By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
                Canadian Army In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
                Between the crosses row on row,
                That mark our place; and in the sky
                The larks, still bravely singing, fly
                Scarce heard amid the guns below.
                We are the Dead. Short days ago
                We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
                Loved and were loved, and now we lie
                In Flanders fields.
                Take up our quarrel with the foe:
                To you from failing hands we throw
                The torch; be yours to hold it high.
                If ye break faith with us who die
                We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                In Flanders fields.

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                  #23
                  Excellent movie watched it every time on TV.

                  Two other real life, Band of Brothers and the Pacific

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by LindaT View Post
                    I think my Dad left a part of his soul in Korea.
                    He died 10 yrs ago. We went to the cemetery mid week and put our flags out. I was nice to see how many others had already been there.
                    Linda,

                    When Bette sings, "We lost Davi (or as I've thought all these years she sang "a baby") in the Korean war, I still don't know what for, doesn't matter anymore," her voice falters as if giving way to her grief. It's incredibly bittersweet.

                    Bette Midler interprets vulnerability in her songs very beautifully. She is a talent that can make you laugh with her brass humor and attitude, but she can also make you cry with her ballads that deal with loss, grief, remembrance, abuse, etc. She is the Divine Miss M.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Le Type Fran├žais View Post
                      Linda,

                      When Bette sings, "We lost Davi (or as I've thought all these years she sang "a baby") in the Korean war, I still don't know what for, doesn't matter anymore," her voice falters as if giving way to her grief. It's incredibly bittersweet.

                      Bette Midler interprets vulnerability in her songs very beautifully. She is a talent that can make you laugh with her brass humor and attitude, but she can also make you cry with her ballads that deal with loss, grief, remembrance, abuse, etc. She is the Divine Miss M.
                      My favorite Bette Midler movie is The Rose, in which she portrayed Janis Joplin. Very powerful and moving fillm.
                      You C.A.N.
                      Conquer Adversity Now

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                        #26
                        A huge thanks!

                        My heart sank a million times over as I watched "The Messenger" last night.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Le Type Fran├žais View Post
                          Different Better Midler songs but the lyrics make me cry all the same:

                          We had an apartment in the city.
                          Me and my husband liked living there.
                          It's been years since the kids have grown,
                          A life of their own, left us alone.

                          John and Linda live in Omaha.
                          Joe is somewhere on the road.
                          We lost Davy in the Korean war.
                          I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore.

                          ........
                          Love that song.... "Hello in there", written by John Prine

                          ....Me and Loretta liked living there.......
                          "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by wazabiker View Post
                            My favorite Bette Midler movie is The Rose, in which she portrayed Janis Joplin. Very powerful and moving fillm.
                            I love the beginning when she's warned not to go out and swear and does so anyway. LMAO!

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