Veterans day my way

Do the Americans say “happy veterans day”. I think I remember it from when I was back in the U.S some quite a long time ago now. What´s happy about it I don´t know. Anyways, there is American saying that stuck with me( not really I wrote it down in my cool little note bo0k)  that I´m going to completely modify ” Mourn the dead,  remember them thank God that they once lived and move on”. There is already quite a few thousands and thousands of direct or indirect family members who mourn every single day, just not only one day of the year. Is that what people do mourn….I thought they made it a vacation most of the time most of the people.

So I went to youtube, forgot, I also was in the army except my army had a slightly different uniform and had a Spanish flag on the left arm. Hard to believe coming from me I know, when and if, people find out I was in the Legion and deployed they actually look at me amazed. But that was my reality at a younger version of myself, quite different by the way, been to combat seen it done it, smelled it, felt it, and not going on to describe those things since I found it pointless to do so to people that never experience it.

This youtube video, hell, you can find anything on youtube, probably type out my name or yours and find me. I don´t really watch combat videos or firefight videos, I know the terminology now to find them, don´t watch them because they bore me.  Yesterday I started seeing one then I stopped. And read the comments. Couldn´t believe the people, people with no idea of what it is like  they have now become Generals saying this guys should have not fired so much or this guy should be here and not there….what the F…ck?

So for me, since I´m tired of mourning(lost 3 of my guys there) i found a funny video of the  British soldiers.Not all veterans are Americans, they actually have it quite better than the rest of us, and I´m glad they do.  Won´t go bore you why. And yes those type of strange conversation specially I like the one at minute 2.14 do happen when there is a lull in the firefight. I can go on forever at the screwed up things we would say in the lull of a firefight or after or during. Completely absurd now that I think back, yet again when your surrounded my so much shit around you, you better have a sense of humour, tends to keep morale up. So here it goes the video, actually had to chuckle at some of the guys, good memories they brought. Because it was all about that, the guys next to you. And remember the quote…… if you want.

 

British Soldiers and Royal Marines in Afghanistan – Funny – YouTube

5 comments

    1. Here in Spain 50% of the population don´t care and the other 20% I think that they don´t even know they have an army let alone that is actively fighting and 30% just hate the guts of a military person, since we came from a fascist military regime that ended in 1975. So a lot of people assimilate being in the military with being a fascist,(which they where but very few of them, like in all sectors of society) and in more than one ocassion we did get in quite some fights with some extreme left people. So to us, that concept the Americans have of honouring their military I can understand it and I love it, but I can´t emotionally relate to that since we here don´t have that. We just return back, usually at night, no cameras no nothing, government wants to keep it quite the reality of what the troops are doing, so we come back and then back to normal day to day life. No thank you´s, or pat on the back in a train or plane( I prefer if they invited me to a beer though 😉 ) Plus when I was there, and still is this way, it is a rule to not get out of the base with the uniform on if you are not on duty, if you are not working at the time. You have to go in plain cloth. So it´s a whole new way of thinking here in Spain.

      That´s why I like the Americans, they do honour those who have joined voluntarely for whatever reason, but whatever reason that might be they finally end up protecting the civilian population.

  1. It is really a shame that the military in Spain is not appreciated as they should be. My son left the U.S. Army in March and there was quite the ceremony when his battalion came back from Afghanistan. He is quite funny about this Veteran’s Day, he asks people if they have a holiday from work and if they say yes he just says “You’re welcome” and laughs. It’s nice to have him home and I am thankful that many of us appreciate what they have done whether they believe in the wars we are participating in or not.

    1. Yes, in Spain is a completely different mentality but I still remember from my days back in the U.S how they treated their veterans. At the time I really didn´t know what so much fuzz was about, of course later on as I grew you obviously realise it.

      All I can say is that I´m glad your son came back well, and that line of his to other people….priceless. I would like to see the faces of the people, thinking what the F..k is this guy saying. Those faces would be the faces of the dummies, maybe the smart ones do get it.

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