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Danbury Steps Off In Tribute To Veterans At Walk Of Honor

By Sandra Diamond Fox
Danbury Daily Voice

October 17, 2016

USMC Veteran Roger Rua being awarded the 2016 Walk of Honor Warrior Award.DANBURY — On most days, we may fail to think of those who have served or are currently serving our country. But on Sunday afternoon at the Danbury War Memorial, veterans were at the top of everyone's minds at the ninth annual Walk of Honor.

The event was attended by over 100 people, including Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and state Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24), who represents Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield and Sherman.

The event was founded and organized by Danbury resident Mary E. Teicholz, whose son William is a veteran.

During the program, Marine Cpl. Roger Rua of Cheshire was presented with the Warrior Award for his service in Afghanistan.

Rua was injured in 2012 when an IED exploded under his vehicle. Although he was initially paralyzed from the chest down, through physical therapy Rua was able to walk again. However, he now lives in constant pain and will not be able to become a police officer as he had hoped to do after completing his military service.

Boughton said the city recognizes those individuals who have given their all to protect the nation.

"In Danbury, there are probably a dozen different ceremonies that recognize and honor our veterans, and we are proud to do it. This is our mission as good Americans," he said.

"Our young men and women are there doing a job that has to be done. We honor and thank them today as well," said Boughton, who served in the U.S. Army Reserve for seven years.

Deacon Richard Kovacs of St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church in Danbury said that the United States is a country of faith, hope and love and that all veterans should be honored and remembered for their service.

"We bless all those who will take that Walk of Honor to remember those of us who are here and for our veterans as we continue to remember them," he said.

Blumenthal said while the U.S. does a great job in honoring veterans, the country needs to continue to ensure they get all the benefits for which they are entitled.

"We need to do better at serving the living to make sure that our veterans are truly given what they need and deserve, and services -- whether it's healthcare or jobs and skill training -- we need to keep faith with our veterans and do more to serve the living," he said.

Blumenthal added that Rua's war didn't end in Afghanistan but continues today.

"His fight wasn't over when he left there. He has shown us something about the strength and courage of our veterans that is more inspiring than anything I could say," Blumenthal said. "To come this far, I think should inspire us all."

Blumenthal said Rua's story is not unlike that of many veterans.

"The greatest generation fought on those beaches of Iwo Jima and Normandy, but then they came back and they built the interstates and they put a man on the moon and they built a whole new generation of schools," Blumenthal said. "They made America great."

At the conclusion of the program, participants took a walk along South Street, Coalpit Hill Road, Lions Way and Memorial Drive.


Danbury honors WWII vet in Walk of Honor

By Katrina Koerting
The News-Times

October 18, 2015

WWII veteran Corporal Anthony J. Yakacki being awarded the 2015 Walk of Honor Warrior Award by his son, Anthony E. Yakacki on October 18, 2015 at the Danbury War Memorial.DANBURY — Anthony J. Yakacki‘s 19th birthday is one he will remember forever because it was also the day he and his Marine unit entered the Battle of Iwo Jima.

He recalls his fellow Marines singing “Happy Birthday” to him in their landing craft before hitting the beach. Because it was his birthday, he was put in the back of the boat. Several Marines sitting in the front were shot and killed before landing.

Within a couple of hours of coming ashore, Yakacki was ordered to pick up the fallen medic’s bag and inject the wounded with morphine, said Carol Noreika, his daughter.

“He never did that before,” she said. “He was from a small coal-mining town in Pennsylvania.”

Noreika and her two brothers said they are proud of Yakacki, describing him as their hero and a great father.

His service was honored Sunday afternoon as this year’s recipient of the Warrior Award. He was recognized during the eighth annual Walk of Honor, held at the Danbury War Memorial to honor veterans of present and past American wars. The winner is selected from submitted nominations.

“I’m happy that they picked me,” said Yakacki, 89, of Danbury. “All of the other veterans deserve it as much as I do.”

About 150 people came out in the flurries to honor Yakacki and other veterans.

“I’m surprised that there were so many people who came out and recognized us,” Yakacki said. “I’m glad people are concerned about the veterans.”

Yakacki was a corporal with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment of the 4th Marine Division. He enlisted when he was 18 and was wounded on March 12, 1945, when a shell exploded nearby, less than a month after the landing on Iwo Jima. He still has shrapnel in his back.

His children have just started to learn of his war experience. He hardly spoke of it while they were growing up and they knew little more than that he fought at Iwo Jima. He began opening up after watching the graphic scene in the beginning of “Saving Private Ryan,” Noreika said.

“He got all emotional and said it was what it was like with all of the flying body parts,” she said.

She and her two brothers were able to hear more as he gave talks to local groups, including a presentation at Joel Barlow High School, where she learned he strangled a man in hand-to-hand combat.

He later spoke of the carnage he witnessed and his encounters with the Japanese.

“He said you didn’t know where they were until you saw a flash of light in the cave or where they were hiding.” Noreika said.

She learned more about his time from his conversations with other Marines at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Whenever he encounters other Marines, Noreika said, he embraces them and begins sharing stories.’

Yakacki said the phrase “Semper Fidelis” still means a lot to him and other Marines.

“Once a Marine, always a Marine,” he said.

Lt. Col. Patrick Ford, a retired Marine and psychologist at the Danbury Vet Center, spoke of the courage exhibited by those who fought at Iwo Jima. He himself entered the Marines under three veterans of the battle, and said they taught him the importance of strength in unity.

“Those who fought, recognized that the cause was more important than themselves,” Ford said.

“Mr. Yakacki and other veterans are heroes.”

Sunday’s ceremony also included a moment of silence for those who died, including last year’s recipient, John “Buzz” Hogan, who died in December from cancer caused by his exposure to Agent Orange.

The Walkway of Honor’s new pillars and bricks were also dedicated in honor of those who have served.

“We owe them the highest respect and honor,” said Lee M. Teicholz, one of the event’s organizers.

Mayor Mark Boughton also thanked everyone in the armed forces for their sacrifices and courage.

“We’re free because of the men and women who have given so much — their lives, their youth,” he said.


Nominations sought for 3rd annual Warrior Award

By Jillian Mauro
WLAD

September 2, 2014

Danbury -- Nominations are being sought for the 3rd annual Warrior Award. It will be presented to a local veteran at the 2014 Walk of Honor in Danbury October 19th. Event organizer Mary Teicholz says it's been an honor the past two years to have so many people share their veterans' stories with the committee. People who previously sent in nominations can re-submit.

Teicholz says the committee is blessed to have so many incredibly brave veterans in our community. She created this award because it's important to take the time to say "thank you". She adds there are many heroes walking among us every day, we might not realize who they are, but know they have given of themselves. She calls this recognition a small token of gratitude.

Nominees must have served in a combat zone and exemplify the values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. The nominations should be approximately five hundred words and should include the nominee’s name, military rank, medals awarded and as many details as possible about their service.

The name and contact information of the person submitting the nomination must also be included.

The deadline for all nominations is September 22, 2014. Nominations can be emailed to [email protected], or visit www.walkofhonor.us for additional information.

Bethel native Todd Angell was the first recipient. He received one of the nation’s highest military awards for valor, the Silver Star, for his heroism in Afghanistan as a corpsman with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Angell was active in NJROTC, finishing out his senior year as Commander of Cadets. Immediately after high school, he joined the US Navy and was accepted into Corpsman School. Todd volunteered to become a Combat Medic, so he could attach to a marine unit knowing full well that would mean deployment to Afghanistan. He was nominated by his mother.

The second recipient was a Vietnam veteran who earned the Bronze Star with Valor, Navy Achievement Medal with Valor and three Purple Heart Medals. Danny Mack Welch served 6 combat tours in Vietnam. He served from 1968-1970, and was additionally awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 6*’s, He fought in multiple combat operations including Operation Persuit, Tampa, Worth, Ballard Valley, Mameluke Thrust and Allan Brook. Welch was nominated by Operation Vet Fit co-founder Dan Gaita. 


Danbury salutes military with Walk of Honor

By John Pirro
The News-Times

October 15, 2012

Todd Angell, recipient of the Warrior Award, leads the Walk of Honor from the Danbury War Memorial Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. Photo: Michael Duffy / The News-TimesDANBURY -- A former U.S. Navy corpsman who earned the nation's third-highest award for gallantry in Afghanistan was recognized Sunday when Danbury residents paid tribute to the men and women serving in the military.

Todd Angell, a 2007 Bethel High School graduate, received the Silver Star for his 500-yard, nighttime dash through an explosives-littered battlefield to save the life of a Marine sergeant whose legs were blown off by a homemade mine.

The 22-year-old former combat medic was honored with a Warrior Award before the fifth annual Walk of Honor, which organizer Mary Teicholz said is intended to show those in uniform that, "We've got your back."

Photos and videos of the event will be sent to soldiers overseas, she said.

Almost predictably, Angell, who wants to become a firefighter, preferred to deflect the attention to others when he spoke outside the War Memorial before the one-mile walk began.

"Everything I did, I couldn't have done without those guys at my side," he said.

He works on the ambulance crew at Danbury Hospital, but Mayor Mark Boughton told spectators that Angell's future as a firefighter is almost assured. 

"I think we are going to make that happen," Boughton said. "These are the kinds of people we want serving our city."

Close to 100 people participated in the Walk of Honor, including several current service members, others who recently completed their enlistments, and others who served years ago.

"Paul Trudel, a former combat infantryman during the Vietnam war, said he "came to support my brothers-in-arms."

Bill McNamara, who served two years in the regular Army and six years in the Reserve, said he wanted to honor the memory of an uncle who was killed during World War II.

Former Danbury resident Bruce Kasmarski, who lives in Florida, was there because his granddaughter, Cleo, was part of the Junior ROTC program at Danbury High School and wants to become a nurse in the military.

"I always get very emotional at theses things," he said.


Taste of Greater Danbury will have a little something for everyone

By Dirk Perrefort
The News-Times

September 4, 2011

Greg Seabury, left, Jack Knapp, and Lee Teicholz, lead the Walk of Honor during A Taste of Danbury, on the CityCenter Green, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. Photo: Michael Duffy / The News-TimesDANBURY -- With nearly double the number of restaurants participating in this weekend's Taste of Greater Danbury than last year, event officials say the annual downtown festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

"For this year's Taste of Greater Danbury, CityCenter will deliver its finest festival weekend ever," CityCenter's managing director Andrea Gartner said.

She added that at least 20 area restaurants plan to participate, including Nick's Restaurant, Romy's BBQ, Thai Awesome and Bruegger's Bagels.

The variety of food expected to be available includes everything from hornados and empanadas to Philly cheese steak sliders and stuffed eggplant.

"We're just so pleased to participate in our first Taste of Danbury, a celebration of the city's diversity and quality of culinary offerings," local developer and Bruegger's owner Dan Bertram said.

Gartner said the festival has more to offer than food, including performances by Bad Company's lead singer Brian Howe and local rockers Pete Herger & Friends.

The Ives Street side stage plans to offer a variety of new activities, Gartner said, including Build-A-Bear workshops, the Comcast Spotlight Local Chef Showdown, and line dance and belly dance instructions.

A solemn moment will be observed at noon Saturday, shortly after the opening ceremony.

For the past three years, hundreds of people participated in the annual Walk of Honor, an event spearheaded by City Council member Mary Teicholz to honor men and women in the armed services.

"It is a one-mile walk to symbolize walking a mile in a soldier's shoes," Teicholz said. "It's always amazing to see how respectful people are when the walk is ready to kick off. Everyone just stops and takes notice."

Teicholz said this year's walk coincides with weekend observances of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The one-mile walk will include a drive by Project Home Support to collect supplies needed for the troops overseas.

This year's News-Times Community Parade, set for Sunday at 11 a.m., is expected to include members of former Mayor James Dyer's family, including his widow, Alice Dyer, who will serve as grand marshals.


Danbury celebrates 24th annual Taste of Danbury and the city's 325th anniversary

By Sandra Diamond Fox
The News-Times

September 3, 2010

DANBURY -- To honor Danbury's 325th anniversary, there will be a birthday cake celebration, as well as the unveiling of the Museum in the Streets display.

Laura DeStefano, left, and her grandfather, Kenneth Pierce, both of Danbury, attend the Veteran's Walk of Honor during A Taste of Danbury, on the CityCenter Green, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. Photo: Michael Duffy / The News-TimesThe display will be outside at the Danbury Library Plaza on Main Street. It consists of 21 3-foot tall weather-proof plaques containing information and photographs on important topics and events in Danbury.

Topics include Charles Ives, The Revolutionary War, The Danbury Fire Department, and Candlewood Lake.

The plaques provide a free walking tour of Danbury's history.

"This project preserves Danbury's history, and makes it very accessible and enjoyable for everyone," explains Kay Schreiber, manager of Danbury's Museum in the Street's project.

"The goal is that the plaques will pique people's interest so that they'll want to learn more about each topic," says Shreiber, of Danbury.

Danbury's third annual Walk of Honor will take place on the Green. This is a one-mile walk through the city's downtown.

"The purpose of this walk is to honor all veterans past, present, and future," says Danbury's Mary Teicholz, founder and organizer of the walk. "It gives you time to reflect on all the soldiers did to protect us."

Teicholz' 20-year-old son, William, is currently serving in the Army National Guard.

"The timing of this year's walk is very meaningful, since a lot of young men and women joined the service because of 9/11." she says. "My son did."


Military museum creates new exhibit

By Sandra Diamond Fox
The News-Times

August 9, 2010

This is part of the new Solders Through Time exhibit at the Military Museum in Danbury. Photographed August 3, 2010. Photo: Chris Ware / The News-TimesWhen the Military Museum of Southern New England first opened in 1995, a World War II veteran walked through its door every hour. Today, this happens only about once a month.

"We know the World War II vets are all leaving us, and over the past few years we were pondering a way we can pay tribute to them. We also wanted to honor the modern-day soldiers who served their country," said John Valluzzo, of Ridgefield, the museum's founder and president.

Valluzzo and others who work at the museum decided to create an exhibit with universal soldiers from a variety of time periods in military history.

That was about four months ago, and the "Soldiers Through Time" display is now complete and open.

The exhibit, which Valluzo said cost the museum $15,000 to create, contains six life-size mannequins representing soldiers who served from World War II to the war in Iraq.

Mannequins include a member of the U.S. Army Tanker Destroyer Battalion in Holland from 1944, a U.S. Army Long Range Recon Patrolman from 1969, and a U.S. Marine Radio Telegraph Operator in Vietnam from 1968.

Every aspect on the mannequins' uniforms was meticulously planned out.

"The pink flashlight held by the soldier in Vietnam in 1968 was given to him by a civilian. During that era, the government-issued flashlights were not as powerful as those that civilians used," said Valluzzo, 73, who was served in the U.S. Army as a Specialist 4th Class in Korea from 1957 to 1958.

The towel draped around the neck of the soldier in Laos (in Southeast Asia) in 1969 helped against the intense heat in that area.

"To keep cool, soldiers would soak a towel in water and put it on the back of their necks, which is a place where the most heat leaves your body," Valluzzo said. "It was like mobile air conditioning."

The U.S. Army machine gunner in Iraq in 2007 has "extensive body armor that reflects the improved technology of the times," said Sam Johnson, of Bridgeport, 35, executive director of the museum.

The mannequin is wearing the modern-day digital camouflage patterned uniform, and has on lightweight shoulder and neck protectors. Also, his night scope can now be mounted onto his helmet.

The Military Museum of Southern New England is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of U.S. military history. It gets about 20,000 visitors a year. With the exception of Johnson, the museum is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. It's supported by private industries and donors.

The 13,000-square-foot museum contains life-size dioramas with more than 10,000 artifacts including about 40 tanks from World War II through Operation Desert Storm.

"Since 9/11, it has become increasingly difficult to acquire new vehicles for the museum," Valluzzo said. "Due to a fear of terrorism, the U.S. government is very apprehensive about anything (of this nature) coming into the country. As a result, we can only solicit vehicles that are presently in the United States."

"My kids and I loved exploring the turrets and seeing that there had been a lot of wars going back in history," said Laura Ansel, of Danbury, who visited the museum with her son Ryan, 12 and daughter Caitlin, 10. "They got to explore the machines that helped protect our country."

Mary Teicholz, of Danbury, said, "We have been to the Military Museum countless times. It has been a place for my husband and myself to share our family history with our son, William, who is in the Army National Guard."

Teicholz's father, John Gallo, served in the Naval Construction Battalion, and her father-in-law, Sgt. William Teicholz, served in the U.S. Army in the Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge.

"The museum is a reminder of where we have been," Teicholz said.


Statewide ceremonies honor World War II vets

By Vinti Singh
The News-Times

August 9, 2010

DANBURY -- More than 40 World War II veterans around the country pass away every day, according to Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.

Ann Gleszer of Danbury, left, a WWII WASP or Women Airforce Service Pilot, is presented a Connecticut Wartime Veterans Service Medal by Department of Veterans' Affairs Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz at a ceremony at Danbury High School in May. Photo: Scott Mullin / The News-Times Freelance"My dad is an 88-year-old World War II veteran and after I heard that statistic, I thought we should do something special before it's too late to say thank you to the `Greatest Generation' in Connecticut," Bysiewicz said.

Since there are no state or federal records listing America's veterans, Bysiewicz has spent the last three years asking town leaders to compile their own lists of local veterans.

Since 2007, Bysiewicz has traveled to 145 of Connecticut's 169 cities and towns to hand out certificates to the state's men and women who contributed to the war effort.

"We've heard amazing stories, many that the veterans' own families had never heard before," Bysiewicz said. "We heard from people who were survivors of D-Day, Iwo Jima, and death marches in Asia.

"We heard from people who liberated concentration camps, who were prisoners of war, and who had to swim in shark-infested waters because their ship was attacked."

Bysiewicz has already done ceremonies in New Milford, Ridgefield, Redding and other local towns. She is working with the Bethel and Brookfield selectmen now to arrange ceremonies in those towns.

"The saddest part is we send out the invitations three or four weeks before the event, and inevitably, some people pass away while the invitations are going out," Bysiewicz said.

Margaret Mayer's husband, Theodore, was honored in Ridgefield in 2008. He passed away in February at the age of 90.

"It's very touching that after all these years, the state was very on top of things to see all the veterans turn out to receive awards," Margaret Mayer said.

"I think my husband liked it. He was very quiet about serving. I don't know how many World War II vets we have in the country, but their numbers are dwindling each sad day."

Erik Abrahamson's father, Arnold, was also honored in the Ridgefield ceremony. Arnold Abrahamson passed away in October 2009 at the age of 91.

"Being that the award was handed to him personally by Ms. Bysiewicz, in front of his other surviving local World War II vets, made an absolute perfect scenario, and a very proud moment for all attending," Erik Abrahamson said.

"It was a welcome surprise for a 90-year-old man who gave almost 60 years of multi-disciplined public service to his beloved country."

One story that Bysiewicz likes to recount was told by a soldier from Plainfield, who was severely injured in the Battle of the Bulge.

He told Bysiewicz that while he was nursing his wounds on the battlefield, another soldier distributed blankets to the wounded because there were too many injured and not enough space in the hospital.

The good samaritan soldier threw a blanket on the Plainfield man, who happened to look at the label as he pulled up the blanket.

The label said the blanket was made in Plainfield, Conn. The injured soldier took that as a sign he was going to make it home.

Since the World War II veterans program has been so successful, Bysiewicz said, her office has begun reaching out to towns to do similar ceremonies for its Korean War veterans.


Walk of Honor to kick off Taste of Greater Danbury

By Dirk Perrefort
The News-Times

September 10, 2009 


DANBURY -- The weekend's downtown festivities will kick off Saturday at noon with a Walk of Honor that pays tribute to the country's veterans -- past and present. 

"We can never do enough to honor our veterans and all that they've done for us," said Common Council member Mary Teicholz, who has organized the event, now in its second year. 

"The walk is not intended to make a statement about the war, but about the veterans and what they've done."

The walk will kick off this year's Taste of Greater Danbury, which runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, along the CityCenter Green on Ives Street. 

The opening ceremony will include a reading of the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as comments from guest speaker Debi Qualtieri, a Norwalk resident whose son, Sgt. Jonathan Lootens, was killed in Iraq in 2006.

After the opening ceremony, those attending can walk a 1-mile route through the downtown that will be marked with American flags and ribbons tied to trees.

"People can walk the route once or as many times as they would like," Teicholz said, adding that more than 120 people attended the walk last year.

Pat Waldron, director of veterans affairs for the city, said the walk is a tremendous gesture for all that the men and women in the armed forces have done for the country.

"The average person has so much to cope with in their lives that they sort of forget what's going on in the world around us," Waldron said. "There is probably someone getting killed or wounded as we speak."


Walk of Honor aims to support troops

By Sandra Diamond Fox
The News-Times

September 10, 2008

Mary Teicholz and her son Bill, 18, of Danbury, reflect at the War Memorial.DANBURY -- City resident Mary Teicholz feels that simply voicing her support of our troops isn't enough.

Her feelings for them are so strong that she wanted to do something much more direct -- something that involved more than just herself and her family.

That's why she organized a Walk of Honor -- a 1-mile walk through downtown Danbury this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The event, sponsored by CityCenter Danbury and the Danbury Elks Lodge, is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The National Anthem will be sung at the kick-off to the walk.

It will begin on the Danbury Green on Ives Street and loop through White Street, Patriot Drive, Liberty Street and Main Street. Participants are welcome to walk the course as many times as they like.

"This event is not only to support the troops who are fighting for us right now, but to support all veterans who've served our country in past years," said Teicholz, 47, who spread the word by contacting all the veteran's organizations in the area.

According to City Hall records, more than 3,000 veterans live in Danbury.

Teicholz, who has been a member of the city's Common Council for five years, said she hopes to have a better turnout than she has seen at other patriotic events recently.

"I'm always so disappointed by the poor turnout I've seen at similar events around Danbury ," she said. "Our servicemen are there every single day of the year, rain or shine. For all they've done for us, this is the least we can do for them.

"I feel walks like these provide a great way we can all pull together for a common goal -- to tell our troops how proud we are of them."

One person she's particularly proud of is her 18-year-old son, Bill, a Danbury High School graduate who's in training to join the military police.

He's currently in a recruitment sustainment program at Camp Rell in Niantic before leaving for boot camp in Missouri. After his training, he'll begin a college program through the Connecticut Army National Guard.

"The Walk of Honor is important because it's an opportunity to show appreciation to our armed forces, past and present, for their actions that continue to preserve our freedoms," Bill Teicholz said.

Other members of Mary Teicholz's family who've served in the armed forces are her father, John C. Gallo, who was in the 123rd Naval Construction Battalion (1943 to '46) and her father-in-law, Sgt. William Teicholz, who was in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment (1942 to '45).

"This is a great thing that Mary is spearheading," said Pat Waldron, a Korean War veteran (1952-'57) and director of veteran's affairs in greater Danbury . "The Walk of Honor will (remind) us of all the sacrifices made by all the men and women to keep us free."

Teicholz said the Walk of Honor isn't intended to make a statement about the war. "Rather, it's making a statement about the veterans."

She plans to take her support of the troops one step farther by sending photographs and videos of the walk overseas to them. "I'm doing this to bring their morale and spirits up and let them know they're not alone," she said.

She hopes to make the walk an annual event in Danbury.

Another city resident, Margaret Mitchell, 65, thinks the Walk of Honor is a great idea and is looking forward to taking part in it. In 2006, her cousin, Sgt. Jonathan Lootens, was killed in Iraq at age of 25. Her family participated in a similar walk of honor in Greenwich last month.

It was Mitchell who inspired Teicholz to organize the walk in Danbury.

Mitchell thinks everyone who is unable to attend the walk can still pay respect to the troops.

"Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, just stop for a moment and reflect upon how hard our troops have worked to ensure all of us the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and all the other freedoms we have in this country -- and be thankful."

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