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Memorial Day Hike For Heros

Today is Memorial Day, 2014. So much of what this Day was set aside for has been lost in the hustle and bustle of American life. So many of us now take for granted what this day is truly set aside for.

Memorial Day is a day set aside for Americans to remember all the men and women who have died while serving our country in the military.

Memorial Day, which was formerly known as Decoration Day, “originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.”

While there are so many who do not really know why this day is a special day in our nation’s history, there are still many who have not forgotten what this day is all about.

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Boy Scout Troop 217 and joined with VFW Post 9299 in Alvarado, Texas, partnered together for a 25 mile hike honoring our fallen heroes.

The Marines Team finished first in the Hike, 20 minutes ahead of everyone else, and 50 minutes ahead of the last group.

Proceeds from the hike went to benefit The Fisher House.

Below are photos taken during the hike.

May God bless all who have lost their lives so that we may have freedom!

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Their Finest Hour with Allan Bourdius Veterans Day Edition – November 11th

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When: Monday, November 11th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Their Finest Hour with Allan Bourdius

What: Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it – or to not repeat the parts that should be. We’re in a solemn hour in the cause of freedom, and yes, we’re only ever one generation away from losing it. Allan Bourdius of the Their Finest Hour blog (theirfinesthour.blogspot.com) brings his conservative/libertarian fusion (“conservatarian”) perspective to the events of the day and contextualizes them with facts and history to arm the forces of liberty to better our communities and our society, open eyes, and win converts – so that one day our children, still with freedom intact, can look back and say of us, their parents: “This was their finest hour.”

Tonight: Tonight is a special salute to veterans, with a few guests that have a clue about the issues they face today. Allan is joined by Krystle Schoonveld (@TarheelKrystle), Paul-Gregory Matuszak (@pavelgregory), and Ali (@LibertyBelle38), for what promises to be an enlightening conversation on veterans’ affairs.

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Wreaths Across America Offers Year Long Commitment to Veterans

Veteran Remembrance Tree Program Is Living Memorial to Veterans and Military Families

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine, Nov. 5, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Wreaths Across America, Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization best known for its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 900 other locations nationwide — with a mission to Remember, Honor and Teach about the service and sacrifices of our veterans — is paying tribute to veterans and their families nationwide on Veterans Day and beyond with their Veteran Remembrance Tree Program.

The Veteran Remembrance Tree program, a new program from Wreaths Across America, consist of special memorial trees that are “tagged” with custom military-style I.D. tags dedicated to a fallen soldier by remaining family members. Each wreath laid at Arlington is tipped from these trees on founder Morrill Worcester’s 4,000-acre forest. The remembrance trees, which are never cut down, act as a living memorial to veterans and their families long after the wreaths are placed at Arlington. “We created the Veteran Remembrance Tree program because we wanted to find a way to recognize the fallen soldiers and their families in a more permanent way,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “This endless forest is a truly visual representation of our unwavering commitment to our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach and to recognize our fallen soldiers and families this year and for many years to come.”

Wreaths Across America works year round to carry out their mission by coordinating veterans services and recognition through a variety of programs and providing teaching projects to schools throughout the school year. “We strive to remember the fallen and honor those who serve, not just on Veterans Day but every single day of the year,” said Worcester. “It is important we teach our children about the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.”

Wreaths Across America will head to Arlington National Cemetery on December 14th for National Wreaths Across America Day for its annual wreath-laying ceremony.

Follow Wreaths Across America on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/WAAHQ and on Twitter attwitter.com/WreathsAcross.

October 13, 2013: Honor the sacrifice of our Veterans even if you can’t make it to DC

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Would you like to stand with our Veterans and push back against Obama’s Government strong-arming these brave heroes by closing the Memorials built in their honor, but you cannot make it to Washington, DC? There will be patriots all over the country standing in solidarity with these brave heroes at various rallying points.

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Below is a list of rallying points at our memorials.  Honor their sacrifice even if you can’t make it to DC!

We are asking you to never assemble at a national or war cemetery.  Our brothers in arms deserve that respect!

Find Your State Rallying Points Here

 

Some answers to frequently asked questions:

TRANSPORTATION/LODGING:
We are not arranging transportation or lodging for the October 13th event in DC. If you’d like to attend and are looking for a ride, theTruckers Ride For The Constitution recommends posting your location on their wall and they will see if they can connect you with a trucker heading that way. Alternatively, you’re welcome to post on our wall to see if someone can carpool with you. Have room in your vehicle? Post that too. And please make sound travel decisions and travel safely!

WHERE’S MY LOCAL MEMORIAL?
If you CANNOT make the main event in DC, simply go to the war memorial closest to you at 9 AM October 13th. If you can take a vet with you, even better. Remember, one of our goals is to assist vets in accessing their memorials. As we can’t keep up with all the requests for finding local memorials nationwide, we have put together a list if memorials by state here:

https://1mvetmarch.wordpress.com/rally/

Don’t see your local memorial on our list? That’s ok – just go to your local memorial with friends and family, take photos and post pictures on our wall to participate. Imagine the impact of photos from across the nation – Americans participating in a nationwide event for our honored veterans!

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
EVERYONE. You do not have to be a veteran to join us. You simply need to be someone who cares about our cause and wishes to honor our veterans with dignity and respect.

Pentagon Owes Veterans an Explanation!

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Recently the Pentagon released a training document labeling certain people as extremists, allegedly to inform Soldiers on the changing face of extremist groups. But, the people who are lumped into this new category may surprise you. The  Pentagon owes its veterans an explanation.

 

Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog organization, obtained the document published by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Office through a FOIA request. Within the 133-page training document is a training document warning Soldiers of individuals who may be members of extremist organizations.

The DOD document warns, that many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights and how to make the world a better place.”

 

In a section entitled “Extremist Ideologies”, the training document explains, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”

 

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton making comments to Fox News said he was “disturbed” by what he read in the document.

 

“It’s disturbing insight into what’s happening inside Obama’s Pentagon,” Fitton said. “The Obama administration has a nasty habit of equating basic conservative values with terrorism.”

 

Later in the interview, Fitton said, “It’s craziness! It’s political correctness run amok.” Fitton’s comments are included in a great article from Todd Starnes appearing this week in Townhall.com. Read the full article here.

 

With language like this, veterans may well raise an eyebrow, or express outright disgust, especially after serving their country and declaring their oath to the Founding Document, the Constitution.

 

“Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights and how to make the world a better place.”

 

That right there is a definition of the Soldier’s duty here in the U.S., or so we thought.

One has to wonder why such a document ever saw the light of day; until one finds that it relied heavily in wording and sourcing from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a leftist organization with connections to the White House.

Veterans and Soldiers, Airmen and Marines, are forbidden by the UCMJ to comment or question their civilian leadership, and yet their leadership constantly manipulate the services for their own purposes. This is not the first time the DOD has been in trouble for labeling Christians and Conservatives as extremists to be watched. An e-mail to Soldiers from a Lieutenant Colonel at Fort Cambell Kentucky warned the Soldiers of so-called hate groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, organizations the SPLC has targeted as domestic hate groups in the past. The e-mail was intercepted by Fox News last April.

 

In the e-mail, the unnamed colonel writes, “When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values – don’t just walk by – do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem.”

 

If the colonel had been writing about sexual harassment or assault of women in uniform, or the harassment and hazing of minorities, I would have to agree. But in the intentional labeling of Founding Fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and George Washington as “extremists” I would have to say, with all do respect to the colonel, “take a giant leap, Sir!”

 

The Pentagon really owes an explanation to their servicemembers and veterans of foreign wars. As a DOD trained public affairs operative myself, I have this advice for the Pentagon that I offer for free. You need to distance yourself from these documents and offer an explanation and apology to your core audience. It needs to be sincere and it needs to be in person. I recommend a high-ranking subject matter expert, like a JAG officer of the colonel rank or higher, personally addressing a veterans group such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion. He needs to explain that those incidents and documents do not represent DOD policy and are isolated incidents not properly vetted by command. He or she needs to assure the veterans that such documents will not be published again and they need to explain the Pentagon holds the Founders and the Founding Documents in the highest esteem, respecting the sacrifice of the nation’s veterans who fought, bled and died for the principles that they inculcate.

 

TSA and the City of Sacramento try to protect the public from a hero

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California in general is often the source of jokes for conservatives, as is the TSA. If this story didn’t involve a highly decorated, disabled Marine veteran, there is no doubt there would be scores of conservatives rolling in the aisles laughing at the stupidity that was on display. But, this is not remotely close to amusing – it is tragic, irresponsible, reprehensible, and inexcusable.

Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz was traveling to Sacramento to be honored for his service, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, on the way there, he was treated like a terrorist, not once, but twice. First, was at the hands of TSA. The second incident was particularly disturbing, since security for the building where he was supposed to be the guest of honor were the ones to mistreat him. I say that because the thin excuse that his uniform had too much metal, and therefore set off the alarms, was utterly unacceptable. After being subjected to a handheld metal detector being waved around me when I happen to set off an alarm at a government building countless times, I know very well that it is not necessary to require that a decorated Marine remove his uniform to verify that his medals are the cause of the alarms sounding off.

Special arrangements can be made for disabled veterans wishing to travel, so that they can be treated with the respect that they deserve when making their way through our airports and public buildings. That is not acceptable either. It is a ludicrous concept, that the Veterans’ Administration and the various security agencies – local, state and federal – cannot come up with a reasonable way to automatically treat our veterans with respect, and not force them to be insulted by invasive searches. These people are fingerprinted, photographed, and tracked completely while they are in the service, and given the government’s penchant for keeping tabs on citizens, it is not believable that all that information is removed from the system when a member of the service leaves. Beyond that, the fact is that the TSA and building security officers in Sacramento proved one simple point in this little exercise – they obviously do not have the intelligence to have the jobs they currently hold, and should be fired.

Another thing that should happen is that Cpl. Kemnitz should receive a written apology from the TSA and Sacramento security officers involved. He should receive the same from every lawmaker in the State of California, and the Governor. That won’t happen, of course, because that is the proper, and honorable thing to do. Perhaps their defense for not doing that will be as shameful as what they did in the first place – they will probably say Cpl. Kemnitz didn’t ask for an apology, so they didn’t give one. There is a reason why it is said “once a Marine, always a Marine.” And they obviously do not understand that either.

There is video footage of how they mistreated Cpl. Kemnitz. Instead of featuring that, since it’s available at the Daily Mail, here is something that honors Cpl. Kemnitz for his heroic service, and explains what the TSA and the City of Sacramento obviously do not understand.

Confederate Corner with George Neat May 28th – Mostly Military Night

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When: Tuesday, May 28th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Confederate Corner with George Neat on Blog Talk Radio

What: Yes there are Confederates north of the Mason-Dixon line, and George Neat is one of them. And we’re happy to bring his views to you in the “Confederate Corner” radio show.

For more information on George and his political views, please drop by the Confederate Corner at GoldwaterGal.com. (http://goldwatergal.com/goldwater-gal-media/confederate-corner/)

Tonight: George will be talking about the military, veterans’ administration, Memorial Day, and Eric Holder. Of course there will also be a Soldier Salute, and a “nearly-infamous” Crack Pipe Moment.

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Honoring those who died and Fought for us

Honoring those who died for us… or are we? A good number of Americans can’t tell you what Memorial Day is all about. While some will tell you it’s about a long weekend, others will say it’s another BBQ day. The real Americans will tell you that it is a day to honor those Americans who died to give us the FREEDOM to forget what the day is about, or to remember what the day was about. The freedom to go out on the lake or to the park with your family. The freedom to do just about anything you wants.

The Freedom to call President Obama a Liar, Or for us to accuse members of the administration openly and in writing. Yes The freedom to say or recall anything you want. It is the freedom to openly ridicule our President, Government and troops to all the world without fear of becoming a political prisoner or being taken out back and being shot.

I will tell you what I will be remembering… I will remember that it was American soldiers that freed my mother and her family from Italy in WWII, so that she could come here and we could have a better life. By today’s standards America would probably have been told they should have stayed out of that war also because the oppressed people didn’t actually ask for their help.

I will be remembering all the dead American soldiers that died for others all around the world so they could be free from communism or oppression from dictators so that others could enjoy the freedoms that we have.

I will remember how American lives were given on foreign soil, twice, to liberate France so they could have the freedom to come against us in many ways during these last few wars with terrorism. I will remember the how American lives were also given to liberate Germany so they could also have the freedom to come against last few wars with terrorism.

Some may say that we Americans think that we are so good and righteous that we need to be the “Policemen of the World”. I don’t think that is it at all. I think it’s no different than when most good Americans who aren’t wrapped up in their own lives or agendas see another person in real need, stop and help, without any need for repayment.

What I will be trying to forget is all the bitterness that I STILL hear in the news. I read in the paper how the world is outraged that we would occupy IRAQ or Afghanistan, The freedom for the news or press to ONLY show us the few that want us out of those places.

I will be trying to forget all the pictures of the destruction being shown to us from oversees and trying to envision some of the articles I have read about Americans rebuilding schools, hospitals, and homes and the children having places of education, with electricity and hot running water, and the AMERICAN soldiers who put themselves in harms way to protect others who can’t protect themselves.

I will be continue to remember the 9/11 victims. Not because they were brave people, but because we can’t let it happen again… here or anywhere else.

A sincere thanks to all the AMERICANS that selflessly gave their lives, be it by death or by service in the armed forces, who have made this country a safer place for me and my family. I only wish I could repay the debt.

May God continue to bless you and your families.

Are You Better Off?

It’s the question candidates are asking. Are you better off? Last week’s job report seemed to indicate a slight improvement in business. But a quick look at the job layoff report might make one think otherwise.

Daily Job Cuts: October 10, 2012 Layoffs Report

Cummins announces plans to cut up to 1,500 jobs by end of 2012 http://trib.al/6a7AyE

FEDEX to cut thousands from workforce… http://drudge.tw/TycFJh

AP: American Airlines Notifies Thousands of a Layoff Risk as American goes through a bankruptcy reorganization.

KSL.com Nearly 300 employees laid off at EnergySolutions in Utah.

Orlando Sentinel: Lockheed Martin cuts 200 jobs.

These are just job layoffs. There’s another list of business closings…

Not convinced? Here are a few more statistics to ponder. This is every day life for many of us.

CNN: Home Ownership Falls to 1965 levels.

After a decades-long rise in in home ownership the rate dropped to 65.5% in the second quarter of 2012. A senior manager at Amherst Securities says if you include borrowers who have not made a mortgage payment in over a year and are facing foreclosure the ownership rate is actually 63.3%.

Nearly everyone knows someone who bought a home that is now worth less than they paid. The resulting foreclosures hurt all homeowners.

Bloomberg News: Food Stamp Recipients Jump in July.

About 46.68 million Americans received food stamps in July, the government said in a report released late on Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend, a traditional time for dumping bad news. The report for July, the most recent month that data was available, showed participation up by 11,532 from June and 2.9 percent higher than a year earlier.

The Obama legacy. Nearly 1 in 7 Americans are now on Food Stamps. That’s a record number!

Since when did we become dependent on the government to feed us? If we had jobs we wouldn’t need food stamps.

Consumer Reports: Price of gas in January 2009 $1.88.

National average price of gas on October 8, 2012 is $3.81. Californians are now paying average of $4.66 per gallon.

Ouch! My friend lives in Temecula, CA and drives into the city each day for work. There is no train. It’s a crazy $6.00 a gallon this week!

Reuters: US Loses Prized AAA Credit Rating.

In August, 2011 S&P dropped the credit rating for the United States of America due to concerns about the government’s budget deficit and the country’s rising debt burden. In September, 2012 ratings firm Egan-Jones cut its credit rating on the U.S. government further to “AA-” from “AA,” citing its opinion that quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve would hurt the U.S. economy and the country’s credit quality.

Young people might say, “So what?” But when they go to buy a car or get a loan they’ll discover that the better one’s credit rating the easier it is to get a loan and the less interest they’ll likely pay. A lower credit rating for the country means we’ll have fewer options for loans to pay off that whopping national debt. What happens when China wants us to pay up?

CNS News: Backlog Processing Vets Disability Claims Skyrockets.

The backlog of veterans’ disability claims has jumped by 179 percent during President Barack Obama’s first term in office, reaching 883,949 outstanding claims, according to Veterans Administration (VA) statistics.

Our veterans put their lives on the line so the rest of us can sleep in safety. Shouldn’t they be getting priority care instead of being met with more government bureaucracy?

Not a Vet? Do you know someone college age?

ASU: Tuition Nearly Doubles in 4 Years.

President Obama promised to make college more affordable. Tuition for a new undergrad student at Arizona State University was $5409 in 2008. Students entering fall of 2012 are paying $9208.

There’s more…the price of coffee, peanut butter, your McDonald’s Happy Meal (oh, but according to this administration you shouldn’t be eating those…)

 

So. Are you better off???? If you’re not, you’d better get out there and vote.

 

 

U.S. National Debt is a Threat, Veterans Say

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff said last year that, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt…” and a new poll sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America and conducted by The Winston Group, reveals that the majority of military voters agree with his statement and believe debt is a growing and insidious threat to our national security.

Pete Hegseth , CEO of Concerned Veterans for America said the following:

“It’s not surprising that the majority of military voters are aware of Admiral Mullen’s powerful statement. Our warfighters and veterans understand that our military might comes from economic strength. That’s why we’re fighting for policies here at home that will preserve the precious freedom and liberty we risked our lives to defend.”

Key findings:

  • Concern about the future of the U.S. economy is reflected in military voters’ views that economic threats are greater dangers to national security than terror threats.

    Greatest threats to national security (combined first and second choices):

    •      Economy – 42 %
    •      Debt – 30 %
    •      Cuts to the military – 30 %
    •      Traditional powers like China, Russian and Iran – 30 %
    •      Foreign terror groups – 29 %
    •      Cyber terror – 14 %
  • 54% of military voters were aware of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen’s statement the national debt was the most significant threat to our national security. There was a clear agreement with his statement in that 71% agreed and only 20% disagreed.  Among those who agreed, 46% strongly agreed.
  • There are serious concerns about where the U.S. is headed both longer term and with economic threats to the future of the country. In thinking about the U.S. economy in the next 20 years, 54% believe the economy will either be weaker (34%) or about the same as it is now (20%).
  • Takeaway: Military voters view the economy and fiscal issues as part of the overall security of the country, are clearly interested in the national discussion about the economy, and are looking for solutions to address the economy and debt.

This survey was conducted  July 18-22, 2012  and the results noted above are from 800 military voters both veterans and active duty.

US Vets Looking for Jobs? Canada Wants YOU!

Remember the stalled Keystone Pipeline? (Thank you Obama) It looks like Canada is moving ahead with plans to build a Trans-Canada oil line. But, they don’t have enough workers for such a big job. So they are partnering with US Veterans groups in an effort to find quality workers.  Yes, it’s true. Our vets are going to be able to find jobs in Canada, rather than the US. The VFW-backed VetJobs is now posting thousands of new vacancies. 

For more information…and maybe a job application… read this link:

CANADA WANTS U.S.VETERANS FOR PIPELINE WORK


What does freedom mean to you?

Starting last week, we asked our friends and fans on Facebook to answer the question, what does freedom mean to you? The list has grown to hundreds of responses, with more being added—log in to our Facebook page to see what people are saying, and to add your own comments!

In honor of Wednesday’s July 4th holiday marking the anniversary of our nation’s independence, Concerned Veterans for America has prepared the following web video that deals with the same question

Patriotism Alive in an Oklahoma School

February 24, 2012

Earlier in the week one of my grandsons asked me to pick him up for school about 15 minutes earlier than normal. Mrs. Cheri Robinson’s 5th grade class at Claremont Elementary School in Claremore, Oklahoma was putting on a program for their Sunrise Assembly, an event held every Friday morning. He needed to be there early to get into his costume for the program. He didn’t say much else and I didn’t really ask any questions. I naturally thought of it again this morning and asked him what they were doing. “We’re having a ‘President’s Day’ play”. Okay, this should be interesting. Probably a cute little skit to start everyone’s day, I thought. I go to events involving all of my grandchildren when I can, and even go out of my way to attend. I am glad I went to this one.

A few days ago I read about a school somewhere, don’t remember or care where, that had a ruckus over children being taught to sing and chant praises to Barack Obama. Parents were outraged and put a stop to it. This is not the first time I have heard about this kind of thing happening in recent years. It seems to have become pandemic in our nation’s public school system, but has it?

For those of us born in the immediate post World War II era, this has a chilling effect. I remember my parents talking about, and remember growing up seeing newsreel films about, elementary school children in cute little swastika adorned uniforms giving the Nazi salute, and singing and chanting praises to Adolph Hitler. The school children singing and chanting praises to Hitler in the newsreels were the young adults who implemented the Holocaust. This is beginning in our own country.

Outrage is the proper attitude of parents at this kind of indoctrination. This kind of school activity is what gets reported in all of the national news, they love it. This promotion of the adoration of Obama, or any politician, is what the media is interested in for the most part.

The incident I just related to you isn’t the end of the story. I have another story to tell you- set in the “Bible Belt”, the “Breadbasket of America”, “flyover country”, the land of “bitter people clinging to their Bibles and guns”. This is the story of a much different message being taught to our children.

Let me take you back to tiny Claremore, Oklahoma on a windy and chilly Friday morning; and the 5th grade class of Mrs. Cheri Robinson, Claremont Elementary School. The Sunrise assemblies are held in the school gymnasium/cafeteria, probably the one area in any structure in this entire nation that has no acoustic values at all. In this gymnasium every child’s whisper sounds like a shout and every shuffle of an elementary student sounds like a load of books being dropped.

Trying to hear and understand lines from nervous students who are speaking very softly and meekly into the microphone in this environment isn’t a walk in the park for these old ears. As I walked in I saw my grandson, his teacher, and his classmates on the stage, all decked out in colonial looking costumes, some with construction paper hats depicting the style of the time.

The program started out with the Pledge of Allegiance, a salute to the flag of the State of Oklahoma, the school creed, the 8 steps of character building , and the teacher’s creed; all led by Mrs. Robinson’s students. I noticed the children around me during the Pledge of Allegiance. Each of them stood razor straight, hand over heart, looking at the flag, and saying the pledge like they meant it. These are K-5th kids, 5-11 year olds. This all finished up and a student stepped up to the microphone.

As the first student began to speak you could have heard a pin drop. About 300 or so kids 5-11 years old sat riveted like what was being said was important and mattered. The students stepped up to the microphone, each at their time, and spoke clearly, concisely, loudly, and sincerely about the flag of The United States of America and those men and women who gave us this great nation.

Their tribute to our flag, our nation, our founders, and our veterans brought tears to this old soldier’s eyes and a lump the size of a basketball to his throat. I was so proud at that moment to be a grandfather, to be a veteran, to be a guest at this assembly; and most of all, proud to be an American. I was particularly proud of my grandson, Jacob. He stood so tall, and spoke with such volume, clarity, and meaning. The expression on his face and the way he carried himself when he spoke showed a genuine sincerity in his heart. This was a boy of 11, one of about 25 children, all with a genuine joy in their hearts to be doing this, to be honoring those who gave so much for freedom.

I have tried to instill an appreciation and a love of this nation in all of my children and grandchildren. I have talked a lot with this particular grandson about our nation’s past, present, and future; sometimes much to the chagrin of his mother and grandmother. I am often told, “too much information for an 11 year old”. I have wondered how much of it really got through and how much was “okay, Grandpa, that’s great, can I go play now?” Today I found out.

I was also once again reminded that I am not alone in my quest to see my grandchildren grow up with a love and appreciation of our founders, our heritage, and for those who keep us safe and free. This is not an isolated case in the Claremore School System. This is very much the rule here. This needs to be the rule rather than the exception in every school. Mrs. Robinson is teaching our children the true values that made this nation great. I can’t say “THANK YOU” strongly enough.

I hope this program of patriotism at Claremont Elementary School gets as much, or more, national attention as the activities of a school promoting dictatorship, and the worship of a ruler. Claremont’s play from this morning is the kind of activity we need to be publicizing. These students weren’t paying tribute to a leader or a political party, or even a flag. They were paying tribute to an idea, a concept of freedom, to a value system, and to the great men and women who “pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their Sacred Honor” for future generations. This is what students are taught in the Claremore Public Schools.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma
February 24, 2012

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