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INDEX

JOSEPH SPOR

ATTACK PROCLAMATION

COMING OF DAWN

REFLECTIONS OF THE RIGHT STUFF

UNITED WE STAND

A VETERANS' DAY PRAYER

THANKSGIVING

CELEBRATE!

ACTIONS AND REACTIONS

LEST WE FORGET

ANTHONY, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE

HOW TO REMEMBER

VETERANS' DAY 2002

THE FUND

FROM NEW YORK, WITH LOVE

HALLOWED GROUND

NEW YORK SAYS, THANKS!

WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN

 

Veterans' Day 2002

 

This morning we celebrate Veteran’s Day, 2002.  We gather together to honor and thank these men and women who have given of themselves to fight on foreign soil so that we, on American soil, may live in freedom.

 

We also remember today, those who paid the ultimate price for their Country.  Too many of our young men and women left their families and the comfort of home to keep evil and tyranny away from these blessed shores.  They answered the call of their Nation and gave their lives in her defense.  We remember them; we mourn their loss; we are forever grateful for their sacrifice.

 

Today, one year after our very homeland was attacked, our Armed Forces are engaged in yet another war.  Unlike earlier wars, the enemy we are engaged in has no single nationality or country.  This enemy is found in Afghanistan, Yemen, Indonesia, the Philippines, and even in these United States of America.  This enemy is united only in its hatred of us and of the freedoms we cherish.  And unlike earlier wars, this war will not be finished with an armistice or peace treaty.  Indeed, we may not even know when this war is finally won.  It will be long; it will be complicated; it will cost American lives.  But make no mistake:  win we must; and win we shall.  We shall not stop at any border; we shall not waver; we shall not grow weary; until every single terrorist is vanquished and the darkness of evil, hatred, and religious fanaticism that threatens us is overcome by the light of our goodness and freedom. 

 

To stop this war before it is truly won would be to fail these men and women we honor today.  It would dishonor those Americans who have shed their life’s blood in earlier wars.  It would dishonor those we lost on September 11.  It would endanger the lives of ourselves and future generations.  This is our time to carry the torch of Liberty.  This is our time to stand up and say, “We will not go quietly into the night.  We are good; we are just; we are free.  We will fight evil and we will win.  We are Americans and we will forever remain within the light of Liberty.” 

  

This Veteran’s Day, several of our young men have left us to take their place in this war.  We miss them; we’re proud of them; and we pray for their safe return.

 

Since last Veteran’s Day, we’ve lost several of our Veterans.  Their voices have been silenced; their stories go untold.  And with each silenced story, a personal, eyewitness account of the struggle for our freedom is lost.  Today, I call upon the Historical Society and the schools of USD 361 to begin capturing on film, tape, and words the stories that each one of the Veterans in Harper County can pass on to us.  And if we listen to the stories they can share with us, we may learn again the lesson that our freedoms are not free; they come to us paid in the blood, sweat, and tears of those who fought for them.  Let us preserve forever this personal history of our County’s struggle for freedom.  And let us do it for our Veterans, for ourselves, for our children. 

 

I also call upon the American Legion, the VFW, and the people of Harper County to create a memorial to the men and women of the County who have fought in all our wars.  Fifty-seven years after the end of World War 2, let us finally, permanently display their names in a memorial to show them we are grateful for the sacrifice they made and the freedoms we enjoy.  Let us acknowledge the role they played in keeping America the “land of the free and the home of the brave”.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of all of the people of Anthony, please accept our eternal gratitude for your service and your sacrifice.  We honor you in a way we can honor no other, for you have given us a gift like no other.  We will cherish this gift of freedom and we will keep it safe to pass onto those who come after.  God bless you, God bless the men and women fighting today for those same freedoms, and God bless the United States of America. 

 

 

 

 

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