I have been following the news and it has occurred to me that something important has been forgotten.
When we first send troops into Afghanistan in October 2001 part of the stated mission was to fight the terrorists in Afghanistan, so we would not have to fight them in the United States (also to go after the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden). The part about the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden is being covered in the news. But everyone seems to have forgotten that part of the stated mission was to keep the homeland safe from foriegn terrorists.
For 19 years, 10 months and a few days the military of the United States and our allies have kept foriegn terrorists from attacking the United States on American soil.
If you served in the military of the United States or our allies during this time, I salute you, job well done. If you are the family member or friend of one or more of those military members I thank you.
If your family member or friend gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe from terror attacks here at home, I want you to know that every time I look at my daughter I am eternally grateful for their sacrifice. I will never forget your loved one or the sacrifice they paid for us all. As a veteran I want to remind you, that though your loved one is no longer with us, YOU are still part of our military family and you always will be. If there is ever anything we can do for you, let a veteran know. If the person you ask can’t help you with your particular need, we will know someone who can. It is the same that your loved one would have done for our families if they would have had the opportunity. It will be the highest honor to render service to you and your loved ones. No matter how small or large. You are important to us, you are family. I offer my sincerest sympathies for your loss.
Always keep your eyes open. You never know what you will find.
I just sat down for a relaxing evening tonight, when I received an email with a photograph attached.
The photograph was found in an attic. It is about 110 years old. A unknown photograph of the RMS Olympic. In the photograph the ship is passing the Isle of Wight. The previous photographs I have seen of Titanic & Olympic passing the Isle of Wight are taken from the Isle of Wight. But this one is taken from the mainland with the Isle of Wight in the background.
I wrote back telling the gentleman what he had and how to properly preserve it.
My point is, always keep your eyes open. If you don’t know what you have, ask someone who does.
This is a never seen photograph. Taken of a well photographed ship, from an unusual view point. It certainly made my day to see it and to tell the owner what he had.
You never know, you might be next. Have a good year everyone, and thank you for your patronage.
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