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Veterans day Appleseed presentation
« on: November 11, 2011, 09:33:34 AM »
Today at 11 AM on the square in Trenton, Ga we will have our annual Veterans day event where we honor those who have served this country. As the former commander of the American Legion Post here I was asked if I would like to introduce my daughter Regan, a 12 year old blue hat Applecore volunteer. Of course I agreed.


Following is the text of the talk I will deliver. I have no idea what's up with the formatting if you can't read it.
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[font='arial narrow', sans-serif][font=&quot]Proud of the post for doing this year after year.[/font][/font]
[font=&quot]We tend to think of Veterans of only being thosewe know. Those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII.[/font][font=&quot]Our first veterans who answered this country'scall stepped up on April 19th 1775, 236 years ago. That was the daythat Americans first declared that they would be free and claim their God-givenliberty.[/font][font=&quot]In a moment, Regan is going to tell you a storyabout some of those first veterans who spontaneously answered the call to makethis country free. Her story is about "Dangerous Old Men" who were consideredtoo old to participate in the militia.[/font][font=&quot]Regan and I are both volunteers in the Appleseed Project,which is dedicatedto teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditionalrifle marksmanship skills. Our volunteer instructors travel across the countryteaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, andthe sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans, all ofwhom are their progeny.[/font][font=&quot]Our marksmanship clinic teaches people of all ages basicrifle marksmanship skills. To qualify as an Appleseed instructor you have toshoot expert on the Army's qualification test, exhibit a willingness to spreadthe Appleseed message and teach people to shoot and be at least 13 years old.The reason Regan has a blue hat instead of an orange hat like mine is becauseshe's done everything except have that 13th birthday. She will gether orange hat next March at the first Appleseed shoot after her birthday.[/font][font=&quot]REGAN: Dangerous Old Men[/font][font=&quot]There are those who feel that America's future is grim, thatis, that America has lost something special and it can never be regained. Andin their consternation they mutter about "dark choices" and the like. Appleseedhas a message for them. Just over two hundred years ago, our ancestors genuinelyfaced a tough choice. They could submit to those they felt were depriving themof their rights as Englishmen or they could fight. Because they chose as theydid, we may never have to face their dilemma because we have a thirdalternative.[/font] We are able to do something they could not do, we can vote.
[font=&quot]Appleseed is a nonpartisan organization and we promote nopolitical party but we definitely encourage Americans to get involved in thepolitical process to make changes to your country if you're not happy with itsdirection. We just had an election here in Trenton and only a total of 309votes were cast. This is very disappointing. [/font][font=&quot]Veterans have answered the call to make this country thefreest on earth and give its citizens the liberty to avoid having to ever againmake the kind of choices those first Veterans had to make on April 19th1775.[/font][font=&quot]If you want to really honor the sacrifices our veterans havemade for 236 years get out and help choose the people who determine the future ofour country. You can't do that from the couch in front of the TV. You can't doit at a football game. You can't do it at a NASCAR race. You can only do it atthe ballot box. Get involved and exercise the privilege veterans havesacrificed to guarantee for you for 236 years, and VOTE![/font][font=&quot]If you, your children or grandchildren are interested inlearning those uniquely American skills that were first exhibited on Apirl 19,1775 you are welcome to join us a week from tomorrow at our next Appleseed shootin Rising Fawn. We will have some information about Appleseed after the programends. See me, Regan or my wife Jill for a flier.[/font][font=&quot]Should our country ever again have need of "Dangerous Old Men"I hope to be one of them. I know I can count on seeing my band of brothers whohave already sacrificed so much standing there with me.[/font]
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Re: Veterans day Appleseed presentation
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 12:27:36 PM »
I would love to read your talk, but, as you suspected, the formatting is mush.  Could you email it to me?  dplunkett@cox.net

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Re: Veterans day Appleseed presentation
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011, 02:17:52 PM »
... or include it as an attachment.  Please?

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Re: Veterans day Appleseed presentation
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2011, 02:41:01 PM »
Lets see how this comes out, I copy and pasted it into word and then cleaned it up a bit.

Proud of the post for doing this year after year.

We tend to think of Veterans of only being those we know. Those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII. Our first veterans who answered this country's call stepped up on April 19th 1775, 236 years ago. That was the day that Americans first declared that they would be free and claim their God-given liberty. In a moment, Regan is going to tell you a story about some of those first veterans who spontaneously answered the call to make this country free. Her story is about "Dangerous Old Men" who were considered too old to participate in the militia. Regan and I are both volunteers in the Appleseed Project, which is dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. Our volunteer instructors travel across the country teaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, and the sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans, all of whom are their progeny. Our marksmanship clinic teaches people of all ages basic rifle marksmanship skills. To qualify as an Appleseed instructor you have to shoot expert on the Army's qualification test, exhibit a willingness to spread the Appleseed message and teach people to shoot and be at least 13 years old. The reason Regan has a blue hat instead of an orange hat like mine is because she's done everything except have that 13th birthday. She will get her orange hat next March at the first Appleseed shoot after her birthday.

REGAN: Dangerous Old Men
There are those who feel that America's future is grim, that is, that America has lost something special and it can never be regained. Andin their consternation they mutter about "dark choices" and the like. Appleseed has a message for them. Just over two hundred years ago, our ancestors genuinely faced a tough choice. They could submit to those they felt were depriving them of their rights as Englishmen or they could fight. Because they chose as they did, we may never have to face their dilemma because we have a third alternative.  We are able to do something they could not do, we can vote.
Appleseed is a nonpartisan organization and we promote no political party but we definitely encourage Americans to get involved in the political process to make changes to your country if you're not happy with its direction. We just had an election here in Trenton and only a total of 309 votes were cast. This is very disappointing.  Veterans have answered the call to make this country the freest on earth and give its' citizens the liberty to avoid having to ever again make the kind of choices those first Veterans had to make on April 19th1775. If you want to really honor the sacrifices our veterans have made for 236 years get out and help choose the people who determine the future of our country. You can't do that from the couch in front of the TV. You can't do it at a football game. You can't do it at a NASCAR race. You can only do it at the ballot box. Get involved and exercise the privilege veterans have sacrificed to guarantee for you for 236 years, and VOTE! If you, your children or grandchildren are interested in learning those uniquely American skills that were first exhibited on April 19,1775 you are welcome to join us a week from tomorrow at our next Appleseed shoot in Rising Fawn. We will have some information about Appleseed after the program ends. See me, Regan or my wife Jill for a flier. Should our country ever again have need of "Dangerous Old Men" I hope to be one of them. I know I can count on seeing my band of brothers who have already sacrificed so much standing there with me.
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Re: Veterans day Appleseed presentation
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2011, 02:52:21 PM »
Thanks Dryfire for fixing this. I wrestled with it till it almost made me late to the event. Regan did very well and if I can convert an iPhone video I'll post her recitation and my introduction here on the forum.


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Re: Veterans day Appleseed presentation
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2011, 09:02:18 AM »
Here is a link to a bad iPhone video of the presentation at the Dade County Veterans Day ceremony. Recording this was an afterthought as we drove to the event. We'll do better on the next one. There were around 200 people present as Regan and I were speaking.


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Re: Veterans day Appleseed presentation
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2011, 07:31:12 PM »
Ben -- my personal congratulations to both you and Regan.  Hope to get up to one of your shoots in the near future.  I'm assuming you've dried out since our first meeting at Manchester on Labor Day.

Last weekend at the Tuscaloosa AS, both 4merUSMC1803 and I had a few chuckles over the memory.

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Re: Veterans day Appleseed presentation
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2011, 02:03:29 AM »
Ben,

This is perfect.  Thanks for putting it together.  And thanks to Ms. Reagan for a great delivery.

Jake