A Gentle Reminder of the Sacrifices

by on Jul.10, 2009, under Patriot

I just received an email that contained a message that I feel is important to hear. I don’t know who the original author is so I can’t give them credit for their work. But I can share it with you.

Lest we forget.

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in
the early 60′s when DeGaule decided to pull out of
NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of
France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded “does that include those who are
buried here?

DeGuale did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop
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

You could have heard a pin drop.


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

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 ships; 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 Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s
and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to
speak German.’

You could have heard a pin drop.



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

“Then you should know enough to have your passport

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 1944 to help
liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single
Frenchman to show a passport to.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

Now, I don’t know if any of the above incidents really happened. But I like to think they did. Seems like there are a lot of people in the United States and the rest of the world need to be reminded of the sacrifices our brave men and women in our country have made in order to make this a safer, better world for everyone.

1 comment for this entry:
  1. Jeff

    I’m not sure Dean Rusk had the right to invoke the sacrifices of others. Presuming that no one but Americans have made sacrifices is, to say the least, discourteous. Invoking them in the name of outright bad policy is downright criminal.

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