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Old 06-24-2003, 08:08   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb How to pick a war veteran.

Forgive me all you vets out there heres some advice for some civvies
and green booted servicemen. Lighten up fellas its all- "slant talk"


1. He's the one in the bar who drinks alone and does not say much.
When he's with his mates it is suggested people scatter as they
recall all their war stories with dramatic re-inactments.
2. War stories are 50% bullshit and 50% real when sober
3. War stories when drunk and involve a Victoria Cross or Medal of
Honour and 1500 VC vs Me or me vs a Panzer brigade are probably
bullshit or 5% true. Just listen along. Tom Clancy frequently
pinches stories like these.
If its true he defenetly was no regular conscipto thats for sure-
be afraid be very afraid.
4. War wounds may have come from accidents in training, car and
motorcycle accidents. Its so bloody hard to tell the difference
between a AK47 slug and a destintergrated sump plug off a Massey
Furgeson tractor. Just nod along otherwise he'll brake your neck.
5. Just when you think you had a bad day in civvy land wait till
you hear one of his stories you'll feel better already. Even if there
half-truths its great to put things into perspective.
6. His toolshed has a few 'souviners' from the war some inert
and some funstuff as well. So don't go throwing firecrackers in
their toolshed unless you want to land in trauma ward of intensive
care.
7. He never believed in the guns amnesty. People should never have
guns in the first place as he knows what they can do and
he's seen way to much of that to confortably remember.
8. When he returned from service he took up some strange hobby
weather its- stamp collecting from Laos, dressing in black
coveralls and raiding the neighbours clothesline and timing himself,
digging trenches quicker than a bobcat or practising escape and
evasion techniques at Sunday at church.
9. He has nightmares about C-rations, dodgy rickshaws, transvestite
fraulines and unpolished boots.
10. He does not believe in good guys and bad guys no matter what
side you on everyone suffers and bleeds the same blood :(
Someones husband, someones son or the forgotten soldier.

All this could well be BS as its difficult telling a war vet from a greensleves civvie anyway is bloody difficult. Just give em a smile on ANZAC day and remembrance day cause after all some of his mates never made it home so you can sleep snugly in your beds at night. Somebodies fighting and dying somewhere in the world for a cause they believed in or fighting cause there ain't no option. Hopefully you kids will never get to join the privilaged few as I hope you don't either.

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Old 06-24-2003, 08:58   #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-24-2003, 09:35   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How to pick a war veteran.

It's amazing how many people, especially the younger generation just take the ANZACS and all Aussie vets for granted, to them ANZAC day and Rememberance Day are just another day and they can't even find the time to observe a minutes silence. This is due, in part, to the multiculturalisation of Australia. Less and less Australians seem to have such an emotional connection.

They don't think of how things could have been had these men and women gone and fought for the life that we enjoy today.

Both my Grandfather and Father were in the Armed Forces, WWII and Vietnam respectively and I personally am grateful to each and every person who fought with Australia and their Allies.

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Old 06-24-2003, 18:28   #4 (permalink)
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Re: How to pick a war veteran.

Do they still do the minute silence in school, I recall doing it, and knowing why!

Has it become a thing of the past due to the multiculturalisation of Australia, we are supposed to honour all there beliefs etc, so ANZAC should be honoured by them as well.

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Re: How to pick a war veteran.

i'm 2 years outa school now and i remember doing a minute silence every year.
everyone knew why we were doing it, a lot of people didnt respect it though :/
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Remember doing the minutes silence at school 10 years has passed and still take a mintues silence and recognise the importance of doing so......Lest We Forget.
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we do the minutes silence over here
have even got a memorial service and statue overlooking the motorway and the rest of auckland
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I think it all depends on where you are at the time we bow our heads and thank these individuals for the great courage they had to fight for our rights, our peace, and to remove the idiot leaders from this world.

Since leaving high school 5 years ago i think i have only had the chance to take that minute twice. We all know when its going to occur, but when your busy at work, fast asleep, or in the middle of something important, you cant really drop your train of thought, go into chill out mode, and then try and work again, you loose whats in your mind, and your stuck there for 5mins trying to figure it out ago.

Most people acknowledge we should praise these men and women, but not everyone can do it at the exact time. I agree though that we do take it for granted, but times were much different back in those days, you were a coward if you didnt go to War. Theres no bloody chance you would see any 15yr olds signing up to run off to war now days, they would all be fighting a much more important war on there Sony/Xbox etc etc...

Have to look at it in perspective, times have changed, lest we forget, most people have forgotten!
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Re: How to pick a war veteran.

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I think it all depends on where you are at the time we bow our heads and thank these individuals for the great courage they had to fight for our rights, our peace, and to remove the idiot leaders from this world.

Since leaving high school 5 years ago i think i have only had the chance to take that minute twice. We all know when its going to occur, but when your busy at work, fast asleep, or in the middle of something important, you cant really drop your train of thought, go into chill out mode, and then try and work again, you loose whats in your mind, and your stuck there for 5mins trying to figure it out ago.

Most people acknowledge we should praise these men and women, but not everyone can do it at the exact time. I agree though that we do take it for granted, but times were much different back in those days, you were a coward if you didnt go to War. Theres no bloody chance you would see any 15yr olds signing up to run off to war now days, they would all be fighting a much more important war on there Sony/Xbox etc etc...

Have to look at it in perspective, times have changed, lest we forget, most people have forgotten!
For me it doesn't matter where I am, if I'm on the road, I pull over.

But then I seem to be more attatched to it than a lot of other people
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