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Wow! So sorry to hear of your friends loss. God Bless him. :(

Thanks to his son for making the ultimate sacrifice. :usa:

It's sad how few people know, or even care, that others are serving, getting wounded or dying every day for this Country.
 

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Reminds me of an article I saw in the news over the weekend...

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/akron_canton_news/canton-yard-display-brings-attention-to-alarming-number-of-suicides-among-veterans said:
CANTON, Ohio -

What looks like a Halloween display in a Canton front yard is actually a powerful, symbolic message meant to bring awareness to the alarming number of suicides among veterans.

Twenty-two Styrofoam and spray-painted tombstones stand along a shaded lawn on Colonial Boulevard NE.

The man behind the markers, 36-year-old Bryan Bowman, choose to erect 22 tombstones because statistics show 22 veterans take their own lives every day.

"It's alarming that the rates are increasing even though there's more of a focus on assisting the veterans," Bowman said.

Bowman, who serves in the Army National Guard, also posted a veterans suicide helpline, 1-800-273-8255 on one of the markers. He also reminds veterans of several local options for therapy.

"This was just a matter of awareness. Get help," he said.

Bowman, who also does veterans outreach work for Congressman Jim Renacci, has worked with local families who have lost veterans to suicide within the last year.

"One had three daughters and a son in the Massillon area. Another one, towards the Ravenna area, had four daughters," he recalled.

Bowman posted his display on Facebook and it has been shared by thousands, he said.

A woman from Virginia requested 22 tombstones for her yard because her Army son committed suicide last year. Bowman planned to spray-paint and ship a set to her.

"She lost her son and it's a way that she can spread awareness," he said.

Bowman said many people are stopping, staring and talking about his display and he brushes off any criticism that a Halloween-like display is inappropriate, given the serious subject.

"I feel it's more the perfect time because of the fact that it is an outreach thing, where people see it as a display and then read it," Bowman said.
 

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<h5>Casualties By State - Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) As Of October 15, 2013</h5><table border=”1” cellpadding=5><tr bgcolor=lightblue><td>State </td><td>Wounded</td><td>Fatalities</td><td>Total</td></tr><tr><td>Alabama</td><td>181</td><td>32</td><td>213</td></tr><tr><td>Alaska</td><td>36</td><td>5</td><td>41</td></tr><tr><td>American Samoa</td><td>3</td><td>2</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Arizona</td><td>268</td><td>50</td><td>318</td></tr><tr><td>Arkansas</td><td>113</td><td>29</td><td>142</td></tr><tr><td>California</td><td>886</td><td>244</td><td>1130</td></tr><tr><td>Colorado</td><td>196</td><td>35</td><td>231</td></tr><tr><td>Connecticut</td><td>114</td><td>20</td><td>134</td></tr><tr><td>Delaware</td><td>18</td><td>3</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>Florida</td><td>544</td><td>148</td><td>692</td></tr><tr><td>Georgia</td><td>355</td><td>68</td><td>423</td></tr><tr><td>Guam</td><td>14</td><td>11</td><td>25</td></tr><tr><td>Hawaii</td><td>47</td><td>11</td><td>58</td></tr><tr><td>Idaho</td><td>63</td><td>16</td><td>79</td></tr><tr><td>Illinois</td><td>376</td><td>83</td><td>459</td></tr><tr><td>Indiana</td><td>225</td><td>53</td><td>278</td></tr><tr><td>Iowa</td><td>139</td><td>23</td><td>162</td></tr><tr><td>Kansas</td><td>120</td><td>27</td><td>147</td></tr><tr><td>Kentucky</td><td>174</td><td>40</td><td>214</td></tr><tr><td>Louisiana</td><td>102</td><td>36</td><td>138</td></tr><tr><td>Maine</td><td>66</td><td>23</td><td>89</td></tr><tr><td>Maryland</td><td>156</td><td>43</td><td>199</td></tr><tr><td>Massachusetts</td><td>192</td><td>45</td><td>237</td></tr><tr><td>Michigan</td><td>362</td><td>66</td><td>428</td></tr><tr><td>Minnesota</td><td>135</td><td>28</td><td>163</td></tr><tr><td>Mississippi</td><td>80</td><td>23</td><td>103</td></tr><tr><td>Missouri</td><td>233</td><td>53</td><td>286</td></tr><tr><td>Montana</td><td>50</td><td>10</td><td>60</td></tr><tr><td>Nebraska</td><td>49</td><td>14</td><td>63</td></tr><tr><td>Nevada</td><td>103</td><td>19</td><td>122</td></tr><tr><td>New Hampshire</td><td>72</td><td>14</td><td>86</td></tr><tr><td>New Jersey</td><td>192</td><td>45</td><td>237</td></tr><tr><td>New Mexico</td><td>90</td><td>13</td><td>103</td></tr><tr><td>New York</td><td>491</td><td>99</td><td>590</td></tr><tr><td>North Carolina</td><td>324</td><td>78</td><td>402</td></tr><tr><td>North Dakota</td><td>10</td><td>5</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Ohio</td><td>425</td><td>86</td><td>511</td></tr><tr><td>Oklahoma</td><td>138</td><td>52</td><td>190</td></tr><tr><td>Oregon</td><td>169</td><td>32</td><td>201</td></tr><tr><td>Pennsylvania</td><td>442</td><td>89</td><td>531</td></tr><tr><td>Puerto Rico</td><td>42</td><td>15</td><td>57</td></tr><tr><td>Rhode Island</td><td>32</td><td>6</td><td>38</td></tr><tr><td>South Carolina</td><td>218</td><td>38</td><td>256</td></tr><tr><td>South Dakota</td><td>46</td><td>6</td><td>52</td></tr><tr><td>Tennessee</td><td>247</td><td>43</td><td>290</td></tr><tr><td>Texas</td><td>791</td><td>176</td><td>967</td></tr><tr><td>Utah</td><td>136</td><td>21</td><td>157</td></tr><tr><td>Vermont</td><td>48</td><td>4</td><td>52</td></tr><tr><td>Virgin Islands</td><td>2</td><td>1</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Virginia</td><td>299</td><td>69</td><td>368</td></tr><tr><td>Washington</td><td>230</td><td>55</td><td>285</td></tr><tr><td>West Virginia</td><td>77</td><td>13</td><td>90</td></tr><tr><td>Wisconsin</td><td>192</td><td>33</td><td>225</td></tr><tr><td>Wyoming</td><td>27</td><td>5</td><td>32</td></tr></table>
 

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His father moved down from Lancaster, PA, to my hometown a few years ago during the Recession.

He and his wife divorced and he has since remarried a local woman down here. His father is a Vietnam War vet that is currently on disability because he was exposed to Agent Orange during that war. He is a Ford guy.

Here's a couple of links:

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/906254_Lancaster-County-man--Green-Beret--killed-in-enemy-attack-in-Afghanistan.html

http://www.abc27.com/video?clipId=9415973&autostart=true

My mom says his son came down to see him before he shipped out to Afghanistan. I never met the guy but his dad does the lawnmower tractor pulls with my BIL.

<h5>U.S. Fatalities in and around Afghanistan as of October 15, 2013</h5><table cellpadding="5" border="1"><tr bgcolor=lightblue><td>Country of Death</td><td>Fatalities</td></tr><tr><td>Afghanistan</td><td>2091</td></tr><tr><td>Bahrain</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Germany (from wounds in theatre)</td><td>32</td></tr><tr><td>Indonesia</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Kuwait</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Not reported yet</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Pakistan</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Qatar</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Southwest Asia</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>USA (from wounds in theatre)</td><td>39</td></tr><tr><td>Uzbekistan</td><td>1</td></tr><tr"><td>Total</td><td align="right">2189</td></tr></table>

<h5>Afghanistan IED Fatalities As Of October 15, 2013</h5><table cellpadding=5 border=1><tr bgcolor=lightblue><td>Period</td><td>IED</td><td>Total</td><td>Pct</td></tr><tr><td>2001</td><td>0</td><td>4</td><td>0.00</td></tr><tr><td>2002</td><td>4</td><td>25</td><td>16.00</td></tr><tr><td>2003</td><td>3</td><td>26</td><td>11.54</td></tr><tr><td>2004</td><td>12</td><td>27</td><td>44.44</td></tr><tr><td>2005</td><td>20</td><td>73</td><td>27.40</td></tr><tr><td>2006</td><td>41</td><td>130</td><td>31.54</td></tr><tr><td>2007</td><td>78</td><td>184</td><td>42.39</td></tr><tr><td>2008</td><td>152</td><td>263</td><td>57.79</td></tr><tr><td>2009</td><td>275</td><td>451</td><td>60.98</td></tr><tr><td>2010</td><td>368</td><td>630</td><td>58.41</td></tr><tr><td>2011</td><td>252</td><td>492</td><td>51.22</td></tr><tr><td>2012</td><td>132</td><td>312</td><td>42.31</td></tr><tr><td>2013</td><td>48</td><td>106</td><td>45.28</td></tr></table>
 

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God bless these men and women that paid their lives.
I hope nothing like this is never allowed again.
 

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I am glad to see somebody got a thread going to remember 9/11. While we are all trying to remember I wonder if anyone remembers a post about 2 days before 9/11 on this forum. It was a link to a Honda car club that was linking to a Nostradamus website post by a guy making terrorist threats and was sequestered by the CIA by the time I got back home on 9/11. For those that did go to the website we were basically warned 2 days ahead. This is hard to prove though due to forums tossing archives. Would be great if we could retrieve this piece of internet history and see if the poster was linked.
 

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:usa::ssalute:

God bless them all ...

R.I.P. 9-11 victims. Gone but never forgotten ...
 

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I certainly won't forget....

I work in public and private K-12 environments. It hit me a little the other day when I thought to myself, "Most of these kids are too young to remember or even have experienced 9-11... or what life was like in the world before that day". Kind of made me sad.
 

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Never forget! :usa:
 

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Been doing some investigation on many levels into the 9/11 attacks. Found a couple interesting things along the way.

First, this was when debris fell from the airplane going through the tower and falling to the ground.

Take a look @ 41:17

Yes, that's a Thunderbird.

Also Rick Rescorla, an Vietnam veteran in charge of Morgan Stanley security in the South Tower who saved approximately 2,700 Morgan Stanley employees drove a dark green Lincoln Mark VIII, and it was his favorite car. It was auctioned off as a hero's car after he perished in the South Tower's collapse.
 

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That is a really sweet looking Thunderbird. I wonder what agency was using those?
 

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15 years, seems like yesterday! Never forget!

:usa: USA :ssalute:

Joe
 

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Had a chance to visit ground zero back in March. A very moving memorial ...

Never forget 9/11.

 

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I swear, every year I watch a few hours of footage of 9/11 it hits me harder and harder, there's just no desensitizing for this kind of tragedy, no rationalizing or glossing it over, best you can do is repress. 15 years later I can conjure up every scared, confused and angry thought that went through my 13 year old head that day. I don't think I could forget if I had amnesia.
 
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