From: "Richard H. Wheeler" rwheeler@hcc.mass.edu

Subject: Giving a soldier due credit

Greetings all,

I received this, and thought it was worth sharing with all of you. To all of our members of the military...THANK YOU!!!

Work Safe,

Rich
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Credit Due.....

I want you to close your eyes and picture in your mind the soldier at Valley Forge, as he holds his musket in his bloody hands.

He stands barefoot in the snow, starved from lack of food, wounded from months of battle and emotionally scarred from the eternity away from his family surrounded by nothing but death and carnage of war. He stands though, with fire in his eyes and victory on his breath.

He looks at us now in anger and disgust and tells us this...

"I gave you a birthright of freedom born in the Constitution and now your children graduate too illiterate to read it.

I fought in the snow barefoot to give you the freedom to vote and you stay at home because it rains."

I left my family destitute to give you the freedom of speech and you remain silent on critical issues, because it might be bad for business."

I orphaned my children to give you a government to serve you and it has stolen democracy from the people."

Remember the following and give proper credit.

It's the soldier not the reporter who gives you the freedom of the press.

It's the soldier not the poet who gives you the freedom of speech.

It's the soldier not the campus organizer who allows you to demonstrate.

It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, whose coffin is draped with the flag that allows the protester to burn the flag!!!

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer to your Goddess or God(s) for our U.S. troops all over this world. The power of prayer is incredable and can be very powerfull. Along with any and/or all of the gifts you could give to a US Soldier, Prayer is one of the very best.

There is nothing attached to this e-mail, and nothing bad will happen to you once you delete this message. I'm not even going to ask you to pass it along, but if you do, thank you.

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Sergeant Richard H. Wheeler
Holyoke Community College Police Department
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040-1099 U.S.A.