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Posts Tagged ‘tribute’

Palin to Speak at Cost of Freedom Tribute in Buckeye, AZ

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 25, 2013

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Sarah Palin will appear with Governor Jan Brewer in Buckeye, Arizona as a featured speaker for the “Traveling Wall”, a tribute to Vietnam Veterans.  According to a Yahoo News article that was released earlier today, the Traveling Wall is an 80% replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.  The wall will be on display May 9th-12th at Earl Edgar Recreational Facility and there is a schedule of events here.

h/t Michael Sheppard

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Palin Pays Tribute to “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher (Updated)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 8, 2013

Sarah Palin has, on many occasions, let it be known that Margaret Thatcher was a leader that she looked up to.  In fact, as recently as last month, Palin invoked former Prime Minister Thatcher in her CPAC speech.

“If Mrs. Thatcher were with us here today, she would remind us, there’s a big difference between being pro-business and being pro-free market. On this there can be no mistaking where free market stands. It’s time for We the People to break up the cronyism and put a stake through the heart of too big to fail once and for all.”

At time of writing, Palin has posted three tributes to former Prime Minister Thatcher on her Facebook page.

First post:

We’re deeply saddened at the loss of Margaret Thatcher. While the Iron Lady is sadly gone, her iron will, her unfailing trust in what is right and just, and her lessons to all of us will live on forever. She was a trailblazer like no other. We lost an icon, but her legacy, as solid as iron, will live on in perpetuity.

– Sarah Palin

Second Post:

In this post Governor Palin reiterated the same message as above and included this photo:

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Third Post:

Sarah Palin penned an additional tribute to Margaret Thatcher which was published at National Review Online:

“The Grocer’s Daughter:

Margaret Thatcher not only broke a glass ceiling; she broke a class ceiling.”

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Today we say goodbye to a towering figure of the 20th century. With the passing of Margaret Thatcher, we’ve sadly lost the last living member of that great triumvirate that included Ronald Reagan and John Paul II — those giants who defeated the evil empire of Soviet Communism and allowed the liberation of its captive nations. We’ve also lost one of the great champions of economic freedom and democratic ideals.

Many will focus on the fact that Margaret Thatcher’s career was a collection of “firsts” for women — she was the first and youngest female Conservative-party member to stand for election, the first woman to hold the title Leader of the Opposition, and the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom.

But Thatcher not only broke a glass ceiling; she broke a class ceiling. She was a grocer’s daughter from the back of beyond who advanced to the height of power in a class-conscious society. Like her friend Ronald Reagan, she was an underestimated underdog and political outsider. Simon Jenkins, the former editor of the Evening Standard, once said, “There was no Thatcher group within the Tory Party. . . . She was utterly and completely on her own. She simply was an outsider in every way.”  More

Update:

Yesterday, Governor Palin added a 4th tribute to Margaret Thatcher on her Facebook page.  This video, “Not For Turning”, was released by ShePAC on April 8th. 

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Project 2,996: Tribute to William Minardi – 9/11

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on September 11, 2011

This post was originally published two years ago as part of Project 2996, an effort by bloggers to remember the victims of September 11th through individual memorials.  If you have a blog, I would strongly encourage you to follow the link to Project 2996 and request the name of a victim so that you too can be an intregral part of this project.   

I only spoke to Billy Minardi on the phone one or two times yet he left an impression on me.  As a travel agent in Kentucky in the early 1990’s, part of my job involved booking travel for the University of Kentucky Basketball program.  During that time period the head basketball coach at UK was Rick Pitino, brother-in-law of Billy Minardi.  This connection placed me in a position to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Minardi about travel arrangements needed for family members.  Simply put, I remember a certain enthusiasm and friendliness in his voice that is always welcoming to someone who makes a living in a service industry.  Needless to say, I was deeply saddened upon learning of his death on September 11th, 2001.

The New York Times published a touching tribute on November 16th, 2001 to William Minardi entitled “William Minardi: The 48-Hour-a-Day Man”

Tributes to William Minardi can be left here.

September 11th is a day of remembrance. Each and every American should pause, if only for a moment, to remember the terrorist attacks on our nation on that day. On a glorious September morning, everyday Americans just like you and I kissed their spouses and kids good-bye in the early morning hours going out to their jobs or flights only to be murdered a few short hours later. My heart and my prayers go out to those families. Each and every month on the 11th I have an alarm that sounds on my Palm PDA at 8:45 a.m., the time that American Airlines flight 11 hit the North Tower. It’s my way of remembering and offering up a short prayer. It’s my way of never forgetting because I truly believe that September 11th, 2001 was the defining moment in history for my generation.

Cross posted at Sarah Palin Blog

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