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Military Monday.

June 6, 2011
Patriotic cocktails (The Betsy Ross, The Patriot & the Bottle Rocket) from UV Vodka

A lot of people are under the (incorrect) assumption that because I participate in Military Monday I am of a certain political frame of mind. I am not of the “right” wing persuasion. I am of the middle, and at times to the “left” of things. I don’t really see why there has a to be a label when it comes to this, as if someone who is one party can’t be as patriotic or proud of our troops as someone of the other party. It’s insanity. I’m for all things American: freedom of SPEECH, freedom of RELIGION and equality of man (& woman), as well as I think we should all have incredible amounts of respect for our military and every single man & woman who’s fought in it for the past 200+ years. I come from a family with a rich military history, including the Civil War. My third great-grandfather came here as an immigrant and immediately signed up to fight for the Union in that war, and fight for what was right. He came home wounded after giving a full 5 years of service to this country and the start of “civil” rights. I would never muddle the meaning of his efforts in any way by assuming that just because you believe differently than another group of people you’re less patriotic than them… so please, when you stop and think about our troops every Monday… think about the fact that it’s not just ONE party that cares about them.

I’d also like them to come home already. But at this rate, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon. I think we all need one of those drinks up there…

Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Pape November 16, 2010 30, of Fort Wayne, Ind
Marine Staff Sgt. Javier O. Ortiz Rivera November 16, 2010 26, of Rochester, N.Y.
Air Force Lt. Col. Gwendolyn A. Locht November 16, 2010 46, of Fort Walton Beach, Fl
Marine Staff Sgt. Javier O. Ortiz-Rivera November 16, 2010 26, of Rochester, N.Y.
Army Spc. Justin E. Culbreth November 17, 2010 26, of Colorado Springs, Co
Army Pfc. Kyle M. Holder November 17, 2010 18, of Conroe, TX
Marine Sgt. Jason T. Smith November 19, 2010 28, of Colorado Springs, Co
Army Staff Sgt. Loleni W. Gandy November 19, 2010 36, of Pago Pago, American Samoa
Army Sgt. David S. Robinson November 20, 2010 25, of Fort Smith, Ark.
Army Sgt. David J. Luff Jr. November 21, 2010 29, of Hamilton, Ohio
Army Staff Sgt. Sean M. Flannery November 22, 2010 29, of Wyomissing, Pa
Army Cpl. William K. Middleton November 22, 2010 26, of Norfolk, Va
Marine Lance Cpl. Arden J. Buenagua November 24, 2010 19, of San Jose, Ca
Marine 1st Lt. William J. Donnelly IV, 27, of Picayune, Miss November 25, 2010
Army Pfc. Devon J. Harris November 27, 2010 24, of Mesquite, TX
Army Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis November 29, 2010 36, of Tell City, Ind.
Army Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes November 29, 2010 29, of Athens, Ohio
Army Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen November 29, 2010 21, of Beaver Dam, Wis
Army Pfc. Austin G. Staggs November 29, 2010 19, of Senoia, Ga
Army Pfc. Buddy W. McLain November 29, 2010 24, of Mexico, Maine
Army Spc. Matthew W. Ramsey November 29, 2010 20, of Quartz Hill, Ca
Army 1st Lt. Scott F. Milley November 30, 2010 23, of Sudbury, Mass
Marine Cpl. Chad S. Wade December 01, 2010 22, of Bentonville, Ark
Army Sgt. 1st Class James E. Thode December 02, 2010 45, of Kirtland, N.M
Marine Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate December 02, 2010 26, of Honolulu, Hawaii

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