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Posted by Paco ( on September 17, 2001 at 09:30:12:

From the local bugle, I read this morning that a memorial service was held for Maj. Victor Apodaca, Jr., a 1961 academy graduate, at the fortieth reunion of his class. It took 34 years for the pilot's remains to be returned, and the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington caused more of a delay. Victor's son, Robert, received a phone call at 3 A.M. Thursday, and was told, "Be on the flight line at 7 A.M. Your dad is coming home."

Remains recovered from the rubble in the Pentagon are being moved to Dover AFB, Delaware for identification. The chain that links those serving their country is unbroken since the first shots fired at Concord. Until recent methods of DNA identification, many were honored as "Unknowns," but revered equally without a name or rank. In the months, and possibly years, ahead, thousands of Reservists and National Guard volunteers will join our active duty forces. Their lives and their families' lives will be uprooted, and they will live in apprehension and danger. Many will put their lives on the line everyday, and many will likely give their lives. The best support we can give our armed forces is to keep faith with them. If we let them fight the terrorists for us, we must not repeat the disgrace of turning against them, as many did when Major Apodaca served and gave his life.

In a recent email, Tony G. asked, " Will you create a post in support of OUR Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines?" Since the email was signed only with "T," I forwarded it to Jonny, asking in my usual crude manner, "Who is this fuck?" Jonny inadvertantly hit "Reply All" in his answer. Thus, we had to go through all the crapola that you have been subjected to. I apologize to Tony's daughter and this board for my indiscretion. For Tony G., please do not send me any more mail. I read the board everyday. BTW, my wife sometimes reads my email and was offended by some of your invective.

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