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Last Man's Club honors veterans

September 22, 2004

The Vietnam Veterans Last Man's Club of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 held its one and only annual summer social event on Saturday, Sept. 11, serving more than 200 veterans, family members and guests.

Included were veterans from several nursing and retirement homes, including Beverly Manor and Homewood. When the second Saturday of September was chosen, it was not known at that time that it would fall on the third anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

The following is the speech given by our chaplain, Tim Butts:

"We would like to take this opportunity on this the third anniversary of 9/11 and reflect and remember that freedom is not free!

"We will never forget the innocent that perished that day in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. We will never forget our comrades in our Post 42 Vietnam Veterans Last Man's Club for their service to their country; all members of our Armed Forces around the globe that every day protect and keep us free; especially the 1,000-plus men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq who have given the supreme price of freedom, their lives. Freedom is not free!"

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A good time was had by all. The officers and members of the organization would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all those who helped to make this day the huge success that it was. The Post especially wants to thank all the local companies, businesses and individuals who gave unselfishly in remembering those who have protected us all of these years since 1776.

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