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Archive for August, 2010

Providential Connections

Posted by Ron Devito on August 30, 2010

My California Connection

Aside from being a principal PalinVersary, August 29 was also 30 years to the day that I completed a transcontinental train trip to Los Angeles with my uncle William E. Thomas. We would spend 10 days there, then return to my home in Flushing, NY. I got to see our beautiful country during that trip on the Lake Shore Limited from the forests of upstate New York; to the cornfields of Ohio; the steel mills of Indiana. Until the mid 1980s, the Lake Shore Limited departed Grand Central. At Chicago, we boarded the Southwest Chief (“Southwest Limited”); I remember very briefly sleeping in Missouri, then waking up in Kansas and seeing the Rockies even though they were four hours away; traveling through the Rockies, then the buttes of New Mexico and red plains of Arizona. When I woke up the morning of the 29th from a few hours sleep, California’s palm trees were out the train window.

I still remember that trip to California like it happened yesterday. And from that time forward, my urge was always to go west, just like our ancestors did so long ago. My return to New York fell out on September 11, 1980 – 21 years before Al Qaeda’s atrocrities. 1980 was the year that the disgraceful Carter administration came to its close as Ronald Reagan was elected. Even at the ripe old age of 11, if I could have voted it would have been for Reagan. Twenty eight years later to the day I walked on the streets of Los Angeles as a pre-pubescent child, John McCain gave us Gov. Sarah Palin, whose grandparents lived in North Hollywood, the same town where my uncle and I stayed with his mother. As she revealed in her October 4, 2008 rally speech at Carson City, California, Gov. Palin’s father, Chuck Heath was born in Los Angeles. Chuck Heath’s father was a sports photographer covering boxing and wrestling matches of the era and his mother a school teacher.

Restoring Honor – and Rebirth

A few people took issue with the Restoring Honor Rally being held on the same anniversary as Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. As it turned out, the connection was Providential and apropos. During the rally, some 250 miles to the northeast, 16 swamp white oaks were planted at the WTC memorial, a living sign of renewal and rebirth, while One WTC is now at the 36th Fl. level.

The Polish Connection

After getting my own PalinVersary article to press and Missy Stewart’s, I walked to nearby Snug Harbor with my wife to a Polish festival. As the music and announcements blared, being the chow hound that I am, I went straight to work on the Kielbasa, Pierogies, and stuffed cabbage, all washed down with a pint of Zywiec beer. During the festival, I saw Adrienne had posted, so I did my post-publication routine via the iPhone.

Quiet Hero

While drinking my pint, I heard the name “Rita Cosby” and a book she was promoting. I paid little mind at first, as the announcement was at a low volume. But I heard some key words. “Hero.” Some more noise. “McCain.” My interest piqued. I walked to the table. Quiet Hero is about Rita Cosby’s father who fought the National Socialist Worker’s Party of Germany (most commonly known as “Nazis”) and was held as a POW. He kept his story bottled up inside him. Rita – a journalist – got him to tell his story. Senator McCain – the man who brought Gov. Palin to the world stage just two years earlier – had endorsed Rita’s book. So did Dr. Henry Kissinger, who Gov. Palin met with in her 2008 New York City trip. Rita signed and personalized my copy of Quiet Hero.

Are all these juxtapositions coincidental? Like Gov. Palin, I don’t believe in coincidences. Things happen for a reason. Going West. Ronald Reagan. Sarah Palin. Heroes. Dreams. Resurrection and rebirth. And on the celebration of a PalinVersary – more heroes and more – Providential Connections.


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Sarah Palin Speaks at Pro-Family Fundraiser in Hershey PA

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 30, 2010

Video available here.

About 1100 to 1200 people turned out for Governor Palin’s address at the Pennsylvania Family Institute’s annual fundraising banquet on Friday night.   Her message about family and patriotism was well-received by an enthusiastic audience.

Ivey DeJesus at reported:

After a rousing standing ovation, Palin began her speech with a salute to veterans — asking anyone who had ever served in the military to stand for recognition — a move she readily does on the speaking circuit.

Palin, dressed in tailored white jacket and black skirt, delivered a 46-minute speech punctuated by copious references to God, faith and “traditional values.”

She spoke frankly and openly about her trepidation at learning while 12-weeks pregnant with her youngest child, Trig, that he would be born with Down syndrome.

She said she and husband Todd have already learned a valuable lesson from him: “That every innocent life does matter. That every child does have something to contribute to this world. If we give them that chance.”

The event — in part a dinner of crab cake and prime rib entitled “Salute to the American Family” — began with prayer and a singing of “God Bless America.”

The former Alaska governor gave the hosting town of Hershey a nod, quipping that last summer, while filming the upcoming Discovery channel documentary on that state, she largely lived on Hershey chocolate (campfire smores to be exact) and gained 10 pounds.

She said that shortly after arriving in Hershey on Friday morning, she took a 90-minute run through the bike trails.

“I thank Hershey a lot for what you did last summer,” Palin quipped.

She said she and Todd agreed to participate in the documentary as a way to combat “the garbage” on television with wholesome, family-oriented programming.

Palin said Pennsylvania’s “got it.”

“You’re not afraid to cling to your freedom, guns, religion and Constitution.”
She alluded to having a normal American family, filled with ups and downs, the only difference that her ups and downs can be read at the grocery check-out.

Tom Murse at the reported:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged conservatives to continue fighting for a “culture of life, a pro-family agenda that will strengthen our country” and a drastically limited government in Washington.  

She called the growing national debt a burden on families and “the greatest national security threat we face.”

“We need to demand that Washington start putting our kids first and stop racking up the debt and mortgaging our futures,” Palin told a sold-out crowd of some 1,100 people Friday night at Pennsylvania Family Institute’s annual fundraiser at the Hershey Lodge.


“This debt is immoral because we’re stealing opportunities. It’s so unfair what we’re going to hand to our children and our grandchildren,” Palin said. “To me, it’s generational theft.”


“The country that governs the least governs best,” Palin said.


“You’re not afraid to cling to your guns and religions and your Constitution,” Palin said, referring derisively to Barack Obama’s controversial remarks about conservative voters here on the campaign trail two years ago.

Palin also took several shots at reporters and bloggers who have written about her family’s travails in recent months.

“We are a big, loving family. We certainly aren’t perfect. We’re not the Waltons,” Palin said. “We may be as big as the Waltons, but we’re not the Waltons.”

The Pennsylvania Family Institute, led by Elizabethtown resident Michael Geer, describes itself as a nonpartisan research and education organization that analyzes public policies and cultural trends for their impact on families.

The banquet and a VIP reception with Palin were closed to the media.

Reporters were permitted to cover only Palin’s speech.

She did not make herself available to reporters before or after the event, though she did respond to a few questions that had been submitted beforehand dealing with who her role models were and how attendees could pray for her.

Palin was personable and made jokes during her speech but became serious when describing her discovery, when she was 12 weeks pregnant, that her son, Trig, would be born with Down syndrome.

“All through that pregnancy I was wondering, ‘How in the world am I going to handle this?’ ” she said.

“The minute Trig was born, it was such evidence of God answering prayers. … Trig truly is the greatest blessing that ever happened to us. He puts things into perspective.”

Palin went on to describe how she managed to keep the pregnancy a secret from the public for seven months at a time when she was the new governor of Alaska.

She said that because the winters are so cold there, she was able to conceal her pregnancy by piling on heavy coats and scarves — drawing laughter from the audience.

Palin also encouraged attendees to fight for a more public role for religion.

“Faith must be welcomed in the public square and be given room to flourish,” she said. “Only then can we become the society that we aspire to and that we are destined to be.”

Lisa Matthews at FOX43WPMT reported:

Sarah Palin spoke for about 30 minutes in Hershey before doing a question and answer session on stage. She didn’t focus on politics, instead she captivated the audience with a pro-family themed speech using examples from her own family. Her message was strong and clear; more Americans need to focus on traditional family values. Sarah Palin calling on those in attendance at the PA Family Institute banquet in Hershey, Pennsylvania to lead the charge.

Palin said during her speech, “Keep up the fight, keep the faith, fight for families, fight for our future because the future of America belongs to each of us and every single one of us has the power to shape it.”

“She’s a great spokesperson for the values that PA Family Institute stands up for, and we’re thrilled and honored to have her come in,” says Kent Martin of Elizabethtown.

The former vice-presidential candidate talking about abortion, marriage and overall putting trust in God to do the right thing.

“What else do we have at the end of the day? I know I have nothing put my faith in God, ” says Palin.

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Happy Anniversaries Today to Gov. Sarah and Todd Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 29, 2010

Today Governor Palin and husband Todd celebrate 22 years of marriage.  During this time, they have acted as excellent role models for their children and for their communities and now for the nation at large.

In early 2009, Sarah and Todd sat down with Christian Living magazine for an interview, which you can find here.  During that interview, Gov. Palin said, “You know, life is about being willing to walk the walk, not just talk it.”  

In concluding her article, Ms. Hutto remarked, “And that statement really sums up the Palins: A couple willing to do what’s right-to walk the walk-no matter how difficult.”  That principle has been observed by the Palins in both their personal and professional lives.

The Palins celebrate another anniversary today, one that has impacted all of America.  For August 29, 2008 was the day that Governor Palin burst onto the national stage as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

The following two years have been a whirlwind of achievements and appearances and of service to Alaska and our nation.  We are grateful to Senator John McCain for introducing Governor Palin to us on his birthday two years ago.  Here is a video of that event:


We at the Sarah Palin Information Blog would like to wish Gov. Palin and Todd a happy wedding anniversary and a happy “Sarah Palin Day” anniversary – as the day she was introduced to America has become known to her supporters.  May you have many more happy years together, and may you achieve great success in your quest to restore America to her conservative roots. 

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Happy Birthday to An American Hero

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 29, 2010

Today is Senator John McCain’s birthday.  And we at the Sarah Palin Information Blog would like to wish him a happy, blessed birthday, with many more to come.

We also want to thank him for his many years of service to our country, first in the military and then in our nation’s Capitol.  The following overview of that service was shown at the 2008 Republication national convention, where he accepted his nomination as his party’s candidate for President.

Here  is Video 4 of a series of 9 videos produced by A & E Biography and posted on YouTube by fabiana1233.  This video as well as Videos 3 and 5 of the series detail the ordeal that Senator McCain endured for his country.  He was offered an easy way out, but he chose to stay the course and honor the code of conduct instilled in him.

We also want to thank Senator McCain for the gift he gave America on his birthday two years ago.  On that date, he introduced Governor Sarah Palin to America as his vice presidential running mate.   I don’t know about you, but I got goosebumps toward the end of this video:

Senator McCain recently won the Republican primary in his bid for reelection to the Senate from Arizona.   Governor Palin endorsed him and campaigned for him and will continue to stand by him as the November mid-term elections approach.

We invite our readers to go here and sign Senator McCain’s birthday card.  You may leave a personal message if you choose.  If you would like to give Senator McCain a birthday gift, you may also make a contribution to his campaign.

Happy birthday, Senator McCain!  We wish you great success in the November election and in helping get our country back on track!

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Governor Palin Two Years Later

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 29, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

It was his birthday, but he gave us a gift.

On August 29, 2008, John McCain managed to give the nation a gift that, unlike most gifts, has grown in value rather than depreciated. I know Senator McCain is a bright man and a polished politician, but I don’t believe he could have guessed the magnitude of his running mate selection. He knew her record, knew her family background, and knew her convictions. But certainly after the election, on November 4, 2008, he couldn’t have known the impact she would have on the face of politics, the power she would wield in her future endorsements, and the lead she would take on issues such as health care, illegal immigration, and the Ground Zero Mosque. He certainly couldn’t have envisioned her standing at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivering a speech of her own to a crowd reportedly larger than the one that gathered 47 years prior.

John McCain learned immediately after introducing Governor Palin to the world that the Left wouldn’t play nice, and things were going to get very ugly, but I doubt he knew that the woman he tapped to stand alongside him would not only be able to weather the storms but emerge unscathed, undeterred, and unafraid.

Governor Palin’s story speaks to me, as a woman, a message of never allowing gender to be a roadblock but a well of strength from which to draw. Her story speaks to me, an educator, of the potential within each life that dares to prepare, for as she says, open doors are defined simply as “preparation meeting opportunity.” From one Christian to another, Governor Palin speaks to me a sermon, like those I’ve so often heard in church, of the “suddenly” moments God grants us, how in the blink of an eye one can enter her destiny with an awareness that she was born “for such a time as this.”

I love my country more today than I did before “Sarah Palin Day” launched in Dayton, Ohio two years ago. I appreciate my freedom and those who sacrifice to protect it more than I ever did before that day. And like never before, I am committed to being a voice of common sense and righteousness, rather than embracing silent compliance to an anti-God, anti-American, damaging agenda that some would promote in the name of change. Governor Palin represents a willingness to speak truth despite the cost. She has unveiled and shattered in my mind the lie that it is somehow unthinkable and even unholy to call out others who are doing the unthinkable and the unholy. Many espouse the idea that one must sit idly by and do nothing rather than making some noise and rocking the boat. Not Governor Palin, and not I–not anymore.

After losing the election, she could have called it quits and retreated. After murderous miscreants set fire to her church, she could have sat down and said nothing more. After partisan piranhas tried to bankrupt her family and her state, she could have refused to fight back. After heartless hacks shamelessly attacked her children, she could have gathered them up and run to the hills. After the media became increasingly threatened and, therefore, increasingly hateful, she could have become bitter, thrown up her arms, and despaired. And who would have blamed her? The haters’ intent has always been to crush her spirit, but if they have, she has certainly shown no signs of it. Instead, she continues to smile, continues to hope, and perseveres in the hard work it takes to take back America–and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down one bit.

While overcoming incredible odds, Governor Palin has managed to be an inspiration to people who had never been inspired previously to get involved. She’s lifted candidates out of anonymity into the forefront. She has battled for the respectful treatment of those with special needs. She has stood in the gap for the most vulnerable of us all–the unborn. She’s been an advocate for those who selflessly serve our country. She has lifted her voice for fiscal sanity, limited government, and protecting our freedoms, our faith, and our Constitution. She has become a symbol for common sense, common decency, and the common man and woman.

And most of this has transpired in the last two years. Add to that the impressive resume’ she already possessed prior to August 29, 2008–which is the reason Senator McCain tapped her to be his running mate to begin with–and you’ve got a leader who has brought America to the precipice of something great that we have yet to see in its fullness. I don’t know for sure exactly where Governor Palin has set her future sights, but I feel confident in stating whatever road she chooses to ride, whichever path she opts to occupy, and whenever the time she takes that step, she’ll travel with the right message, a storehouse of support, and, most of all, great content of character.

Yes, it was his birthday, but we got the gift. God bless Governor Palin, and God bless America!

You can read what I wrote last year on this anniversary here, here, here, and here.

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Sarah Palin Still Rocks Our World Two Years Later

Posted by Ron Devito on August 29, 2010

Two years ago today, Governor Palin rocked our world when John McCain announced that she would be his running mate. For over an hour after her announcement, much of the World Wide Web was inaccessible, inundated with traffic all pointing to Wasilla as the world wanted to know, “who is this woman? Who is this Sarah Palin?”

Where Were You When…

Some folks such as Adam Brickley knew Gov. Palin and established websites seeking to have her nominated for the VP slot. For most of us, this moment was the first time we ever heard of her. In my case, I caught her speech on the radio just as it had begun, so I only heard her voice and her words. I did not know her name. I did not know what she looked like or where she came from. I would not find out any of those things for over an hour. There is a certain magic to Guglielmo Marconi’s invention in that it allowed me – the listener – to hear her words and her message without pre-conceived notions associated with looks, or even names. The radio stripped that all away.

Welcome Back Dad

What I heard had me transfixed within two blocks. I had to pull over to the side of the road. In Gov. Palin’s words, in her voice, in her message, I felt as if I was bearing witness to the resurrection of Ronald Reagan. When I finally did see Gov. Palin’s picture and read her biography in a foreign news site, and pieced together with her Reagan-esque message, I literally fell out of the chair to the floor in my tech support office, gasping “holy (two of the most common expletives)”!


Rocking Our World

“The world shook, the world trembled,” this RNC bio video declared quite truthfully. Her sonic boom certainly rocked my world; she stole my heart, and she divided my calendar. “Sarah may not be six feet tall, but she is a self-made giant.” Today, we celebrate the woman who to her supporters stands 10 feet tall and whose vertical climb is limitless.

06-4122 / AK (cn 4122) Air Force Capt. Jammie Jamieson going into the vertical. She serves with the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, and is the first combat-ready woman fighter pilot to qualify to fly the F-22A Raptor.

A woman based out of Elmendorf Air Force Base entering a vertical climb: there could not be a better, more providential homage to a little girl who tried to fly. Today Gov. Palin’s sonic booms make the earth shake and tremble. Her biggest one is still yet to come – in 874 days.

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Sarah Palin: We Must Restore America and Restore Honor.

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2010

Here is a three-part series of videos of Governor Palin’s speech at the Restoring Honor Rally that was posted on YouTube by NewsForAmericans.

There is also a video and transcript of her speech on C-Span that can be found here.

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Video – Governor Palin: I Hope Dr. King Would Be So Proud of Us

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 28, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

The National Review reports Governor Palin’s backstage comments at the Restoring Honor Rally when asked about how Dr. King would feel about today:

I hope that Dr. King would be so proud of us, as his niece Dr. Alveda King is very proud as a participant in this rally,” Palin says. “This is sacred ground where we feel his spirit and can appreciate all of his efforts. He who so believed in equality and may we live up to his challenge.

I believe Dr. King would indeed be proud of what took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial today, in spite of what Al Sharpton had to say. It is quite a shame, albeit not a surprise, that Sharpton would use his rally, not far from the Lincoln Memorial, to bash the efforts of Glenn Beck, Governor Palin, and Dr. King’s own niece, Dr. Alveda King, among others.

Unlike Sharpton’s tactics, those involved in the Restoring Honor Rally were all about unity, hope, and faith in God. Not even the usual hot air from Al Sharpton was able to quench the fire and excitement of those present and those watching from home. And of course, those at the Lincoln Memorial were not spewing any hatred toward the Dr. King rally taking place nearby, but they did have plenty of good things to say about Dr. King, his dream, our nation, and our troops.

(h/t Damien)

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Restoring Honor

Posted by Ron Devito on August 28, 2010

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

What an honor it was to speak today at the “Restoring Honor” Rally in D.C. The following is the text of my remarks. You can click here or here to watch a video of it.

– Sarah Palin

“Restoring Honor” Rally
August 28, 2010
Washington, D.C.

Thank you so much. Are you not so proud to be an American?

What an honor. What an honor.

We stand today at the symbolic crossroads of our nation’s history. All around us are monuments to those who have sustained us in word or deed. There in the distance stands the monument to the father of our country. And behind me, the towering presence of the Great Emancipator who secured our union at the moment of its most perilous time and freed those whose captivity was our greatest shame. And over these grounds where we are so honored to stand today, we feel the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who on this very day, two score and seven years ago, gave voice to a dream that would challenge us to honor the sacred charters of our liberty – that all men are created equal.

Now, in honoring these giants, who were linked by a solid rock foundation of faith in the one true God of justice, we must not forget the ordinary men and women on whose shoulders they stood. The ordinary called for extraordinary bravery. I am speaking, of course, of America’s finest – our men and women of uniform, a force for good in this country, and that is nothing to apologize for.

Abraham Lincoln once spoke of the “The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land.” For over 200 years, those mystic chords have bound us in gratitude to those who are willingly to sacrifice, to restrain evil, to protect God-given liberty, to sacrifice all in defense of our country.

They fought for its freedom at Bunker Hill, they fought for its survival at Gettysburg, and for the ideals on which it stands – liberty and justice for all – on a thousand battlefields far from home.

It is so humbling to get to be here with you today, patriots – you who are motivated and engaged and concerned, knowing to never retreat. I must assume that you too know that we must not fundamentally transform America as some would want. We must restore America and restore her honor!

Now, I’ve been asked to speak today, not as a politician. No, as something more – something much more. I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier, and I am proud of that distinction. You know, say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet, and you can’t take that away from me. I’m proud of that distinction, but it is not one that I had imagined because no woman gives birth thinking that she will hand over her child to her country, but that’s what mothers have done from ancient days.

In cities and towns across our country, you’ll find monuments to brave Americans wearing the uniforms of wars from long ago, and look down at their inscriptions, you’ll see that they were so often dedicated by mothers. In distant lands across the globe, you’ll find silent fields of white markers with the names of Americans who never came home, but who showed their dedication to their country by where they died.

We honor those who served something greater than self and made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who served and did come home forever changed by the battlefield. Though this rally is about “restoring honor,” for these men and women honor was never lost! If you look for the virtues that have sustained our country, you will find them in those who wear the uniform, who take the oath, who pay the price for our freedom.

And I’d like to tell you three stories of such Americans – three patriots – who stand with us today.

The first is a man named Marcus Luttrell. His story is one of raw courage in the face of overwhelming odds. It’s also a story of America’s enduring quest for justice. Remember, we went to Afghanistan seeking justice for those who were killed without mercy by evil men on September 11th. And one fateful day in Afghanistan on a mountain ridge, Marcus and three of his fellow Navy SEALs confronted the issue of justice and mercy in a decision that would forever change their lives.

They were on a mission to hunt down a high-level Taliban leader, but they were faced with a terrible dilemma when some men herding goats stumbled upon their position, and they couldn’t tell if these men were friend or foe. So the question was what to do with them? Should they kill them or should they let them go and perhaps risk compromising their mission? They took a vote. They chose mercy over self-preservation. They set their prisoners free. The vote said it was the humane thing to do. It was the American thing to do. But it sealed their fate because within hours, over a hundred Taliban forces arrived on the scene. They battled the four Navy SEALs throughout the surrounding hills. A rescue helicopter came, but it was shot down. By the time the sun set on June 28, 2005, it was one of the bloodiest days for American forces in Afghanistan.

19 brave, honorable men were lost that day. Marcus was the sole survivor. Alone, stranded, badly wounded, he limped and crawled for miles along that mountain side. What happened next is a testament to the words: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.” Marcus and his team showed mercy in letting their prisoners free. And later he was shown mercy by Afghan villagers who honored an ancient custom of providing hospitality to any stranger who would ask for it. They took him in. They cared for him, efused to hand him over to the Taliban. They got him back safely to our forces.

Marcus’ story teaches us that even on the worst battlefield against the most brutal enemy, we adhere to our principles. This American love of justice and mercy is what makes us a force for good in this world. Marcus is a testament to that.

Please join me in honoring retired U.S. Navy SEAL Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell.

From the time he first heard men marching to a cadence call, Eddie Wright had one dream in life, and that was to be a United States Marine. And as a Marine serving in Iraq, his company was ambushed in Fallujah. He was knocked out when a rocket propelled grenade hit his Humvee. When he came to, he saw that both his hands were gone and his leg was badly wounded.

He couldn’t fire his weapon, he could barely move, and he was bleeding to death. But he had the strength of mind to lead the men under his command, and that is exactly what he did. He kept them calm, he showed them how to stop the bleeding in his leg, he told them where to return fire, he had them call for support, and he got them out of there alive.

His composure under fire that day earned him the Bronze Star with Valor device. But if you ask him, “What did you get it for?”, he’ll tell you, “Just for doing my job.”

After a long recovery, Eddie continued to serve as a martial arts instructor. He resigned from his beloved Marine Corps a few years ago, but he still lives by the motto: “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

And if you want to see the American spirit of never retreating, no matter the odds – of steady confidence and optimism, no matter the setbacks – look at Eddie’s story. No matter how tough times are, Americans always pull through. As Eddie put it himself: “We don’t really foster the attitude of I can’t. When you have an obstacle in front of you, you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and focus on what you can.”

So, please join me in honoring retired Marine Sergeant James “Eddie” Wright.

Tom Kirk was an Air Force squadron commander and a combat pilot who had flown over 150 missions in Korea and Vietnam. One day on a routine mission over Hanoi, his plane was shot down. He spent the next five and a half years in that living hell known as the Hanoi Hilton.

Like his fellow prisoners, Tom endured the beatings, the torture, the hunger, the years of isolation. He described it, saying, “There was nothing to do, nothing to read, nothing to write. You had to just sit there in absolute boredom, loneliness, frustration, and fear. You had to live one day at a time, because you had no idea how long you were going to be there.”

After two years of solitary confinement, pacing back and forth in his cell — three and a half steps across, three and a half steps deep – Tom was finally moved to a larger holding cell with 45 other Americans prisoners, among them was a man named John McCain. In circumstances that defy description, this band of brothers kept each other alive, and one by one, they came home.

Tom was released on March 14, 1973. You might think that a man who had suffered so much for his country would be bitter and broken by it. But Tom’s heart was only filled with love – love for America – that special love of country that we call patriotism.

Tom wrote, “Patriotism has become, for many, a ‘corny’ thing. For me, it is more important now than at any time in my life. How wonderful it is to be an American come home!”

Friends, please join me in honoring retired Air Force Colonel Tom Kirk.

My fellow Americans, each one of these men here today faced terrible sufferings, overwhelming set-backs, and impossible odds.

And they endured! And their stories are America’s story.

We will always come through. We will never give up, and we shall endure because we live by that moral strength that we call grace. Because though we’ve often skirted a precipice, a providential hand has always guided us to a better future.

And I know that many of us today, we are worried about what we face. Sometimes our challenges, they just seem insurmountable.

But, here, together, at the crossroads of our history, may this day be the change point!

Look around you. You’re not alone. You are Americans!

You have the same steel spine and the moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is in you. It will sustain you as it sustained them.

So with pride in the red, white, and blue; with gratitude to our men and women in uniform; let’s stand together! Let’s stand with honor! Let’s restore America!

God bless you! And God bless America!

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Video: Governor Palin Speaks at Restoring Honor Rally

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 28, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

Mediaite has covered Governor Palin’s speech at today’s Restoring Honor Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Frances Martel writes:

Palin dedicated her speech to the troops, honored several American soldiers, and thanked the greatest Americans, both large and small in legacy, for their contributions.

Before going through a list of US soldiers that were receiving awards today for their exemplary service, Palin took the time to go through some of America’s greatest leaders– George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and, of course, Martin Luther King, Jr. She thanked him for providing “a dream that would challenge us to honor the sacred charters of hour liberty, and reminded the audience that, “in honoring them [the great Americans], we must not forget the ordinary men and women… our men and women in uniform, a force for good in this country, and that is nothing to apologize for.”

Read more here.

Below is the speech via C-SPAN, retrieved from Mediaite:

(h/t Whitney)

If the speech does not show up here, you can watch it here.

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