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Thanks to Our Veterans

Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 4:48 PM

While "all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights...Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness", the freedom to exercise those rights is not free. So I want to thank our veterans for the sacrificial service they have made for our country.

I never was in the military. The closest I ever got was working as a civilian for AAFES at Cannon Air Force Base while pastoring in Clovis, New Mexico '89-'91. This was during the Persion Gulf War when our brave men and women liberated Kuwait and protected our interests in the Middle East.

Since 9-11, our men and women have fought a long hard war against Terrorism both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because of their sacrifice, we are much safer.

Nobody likes war, but as I stated above, Freedom to exercise our rights is never free. It comes with a price. And that price is paid on the battle field.

Thankyou, Veterans! Because of you, we still enjoy our rights!

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-- Posted by Actually on Sat, Nov 20, 2010, at 3:56 PM

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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.