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The following is a piece of writing submitted by MarkHudson on November 8, 2010
"If you love your freedom, thank a vet!"

Veterans' Day

The think I sometimes associate veteran's day with is it's on November 11th, and my birthday is always November 12th, the day after. This year I will turn 40. I have never served in the military, and if I did, I probably wouldn't make it through basic training. I had one friend who was in operation desert storm and his job was to clean up dead bodies after the war, and he was never quite the same. I've also known some Vietnam veterans, and even some World War 2 veterans. At my school I study printmaking and art, and there is a man there named Julius who is in his ninetie's who fought in World War 2. He didn't think he'd survive, but he did. he always wanted to be an artist, but when he survived World War 2, the army paid for his education, and he needed to make a living, so he became a pediatrician. when he retired, he was able to do his art and he's a good artist. but for someone who was in World war 2, he's a kind and gentle man.
Another world War 2 vet I met through my school was the famous Chicago sun-times cartoonist Cliff Worth, who is not as famous as he used to be but he is 83 years old and still doing artwork. He was in the air force in World War 2 and survived and went on to be a succesful cartoonist. He recently moved to Boston and he gave me a stack of paper and some of his original prints. I have them hanging on my wall. When he was in Florida he was painting a beach scene and someone came out of a bar and bought it on the spot. A friend of my sister was at the hairdresser and Cliff Worth's daughter was getting her hair cut, and cliff worth was sitting in the back doing a drawing of it. Oh by the way, his last name is spelled Wirth with an I I just remembered. It's amazing what some people can survive and go on to lead normal lives.
I don't like war. i'm very peaceful. But I know that there are times where war happens, and there will be wars till Jesus Christ returns as the prince of peace and he will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more suffering. but onveteran's day, i will respect the soldiers who continue to keep America as safe as it possibly can be. The world is more dangerous than ever. I live in the Chicagoland area, in a reasonably safe suburb of Chicago, but Chicago is a battleground for gangs and crime and innocent people die. Not of all of us can die in our sleep, but i hope that's how i go. peace to our troops overseas. may you return home soon.

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