Meaningless

11 Comments on “Meaningless

  1. What I see:
    “Meaningless” is not about the Ribbons. It is about the Soldiers.
    That is why you cannot understand.
    Sometimes our Heroes are faced with NO RIGHT ANSWER. And there are losses for NO RIGHT REASON.
    Stepping Stones to the upper deck, from which the stones are sent rolling down in random directions to fall. You know only that they Fall.

  2. The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi. Find your heart, and you will find your way. Don’t listen to imperialists or dominant authorities. Listen to your heart, and know that war is never the solution. Peace is. Love is. Wisdom lies within simplicity.

  3. A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
    Napoleon Bonaparte

  4. I know that the top left ribbon represents an award that few wear – with a combat “V” on it. Since my father was awarded one in Vietnam and I knew what he did to earn it, I know something of the man one becomes through these experiences. I also know that while my father cherished his Naval career – the actual events around his Bronze Star w/ Combat “V” was rarely spoken of. The night he died, he looked me in the eyes and said, “Those things I saw, the things I did and the things that changed me.” I believe he and you know what he meant even more than I do. Love ya Brother!

  5. I know that the top left ribbon represents an award that few wear with a combat “V” on it. Since my father was awarded on in Vietnam and I knew what he did to earn it, I know something of the man you have become. I also know that while my father cherished his Naval career – the actual events around his Bronze Star was rarely spoken of. The night he died, he looked in the eyes and said, “Those things I saw, the things I did and the things that changed me.” I believe he and you know what he meant even more than I do. Love ya Brother!

  6. I buried my father in his old Air Force Major’s uniform with all the ribbons that were on it. During his eulogy I explained to the funeral attendees what each ribbon meant. During his life my dad never displayed or bragged about any medals or ribbons he earned the hard way while serving his country and like most WWII vets, he kept it all to himself. I know what you meant by “meaningless”, I was not offended by it. But once in awhile, there is a need to show some pride in what you accomplished as a soldier. Ribbons and medals, at times, may mean nothing to those who served but it IS a recognition for what you sacrificed to “earn” that ribbon or medal.
    Bob

  7. That’s BS, CJ! Those pieces of material tell our history!

    • There’s a story behind this wordless post. I will tell it soon and explain what I mean. Yes, they tell our history, but that history is too easily erased by agenda-driven people and spineless leaders.

      • Can’t wait to hear the full story, spent a bit of time and researched each ribbon and know you have had quite a career and we are thankful for your sacrifices.Howard

  8. I, too, am a civilian. And, I absolutely echo what Kate said. Everyone of these show your willingness to put yourself between me and those who would hurt me. How could they NOT mean something???

    I appreciate you — I value you and what you do. You matter!! You and your brothers and sisters are our beloved sheepdogs — and don’t you forget it, CJ!!!

    “The Sheepdogs” by Russ Vaughn
    2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
    101st Airborne Division
    Vietnam 65-66

  9. i’m a civilian but these are NOT meaningless to me. they represent honor, valor, bravery, dedication, responsibility, sacrifice, and selflessness. thank you for having all those attributes.

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