Could hear a pin drop...good read..

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  1. Al-53

    Al-53 Welcome to Detailing


    When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building' by George Bush.

    He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

    You could have heard a pin drop.


    Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?" A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck... We have eleven such s hips. How many does France have? "

    You could have heard a pin drop.


    A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries.

    Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, "whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English." He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?" Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

    You could have heard a pin drop.


    And this story fits right in with the above...

    A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." "'Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to."

    You could have heard a pin drop


    What Is A Veteran? A "Veteran"' - whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made "Payable to: The United States of America" for an amount of: 'up to, and including my life.'

    That is honor, and there are entirely too many people in this country today who no longer understand that idea.

  2. blk45

    blk45 Jedi Nuba

    Great post Al !
  3. P1et

    P1et Official DB Moderator

    A good read indeed.

    Are these real or made up?
  4. Al-53

    Al-53 Welcome to Detailing

    real deal ....was sent to me by a fellow vet and was taken out of a veterans magazine....

  5. P1et

    P1et Official DB Moderator

    I sent them a vet here at work and he's just eating it up! I love it! Good read indeed, good read...
  6. Strokin04

    Strokin04 Birth of a Detailer

    Nice post and so very true.
  7. adriankeith

    adriankeith Birth of a Detailer

    Great post. I have a bunch of family currently serving in Iraq and around the world. Recently had a friend who is practically a brother to me join the Army back in February. Lots of people make the sacrifice yet so few realize the weight they carry.

    Thanks for posting.
  8. Gemini13

    Gemini13 Obsessive Detailer

    +1. Hope you don't mind but I borrowed this and put it up in the misc section of a couple of health and fitness sites I belong to.
  9. Deep Gloss Auto Salon

    Deep Gloss Auto Salon DB Pro Supporter

  10. sal329

    sal329 Nuba Guru

    That is some good stuff right there. I give the utmost respect to all those that have and are serving.
  11. JLs Detailing

    JLs Detailing DB Pro Supporter

    EXCELLENT post! Some great reading!
  12. dengood1

    dengood1 Birth of a Detailer

  13. joep

    joep Welcome to Detailing

    Excellent post AL !!
  14. pirex

    pirex DB Certified Dealer

    Very good post AL!
  15. richy

    richy Guest

    Great post Al..I've read that before but enjoyed it again. Thanks.
  16. timpryor

    timpryor Birth of a Detailer

    Amen, and coming from a military family that has lost a few family members abroad some of those hit close to home.
  17. my04lincoln

    my04lincoln Two Bucket System Washer

    Thats awesome! Some people just don't know when to keep there cake hole shut.

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