Eventbrite - 49th AWD Exemplification of the Fourth Degree

Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address On January 20, 1981:

Each one of those markers (At Arlington National Cemetery) is a monument to the kinds of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, The Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.

Under one such marker lies a young man—Martin Treptow—who left his job in a small town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.

We are told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, "My Pledge," he had written these words: "America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."

The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.

And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you.

District Prayer Intentions

  • For peace and a cessation of pain for SK William C. Kuchmas, III, PSD, and for his family as he enters hospice care.
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Dr. Donald E. Bouchard, DDS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Lady Thelma Rice
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Tom Casey
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Anthony I Colbert, PSD, FDD, PGK, PFN, FS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Steve Holowenzak
  • For teh return to health and speedy recovery of Sara Anderson
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Ray DeVous
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Maruice Mann
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Liz Marcus
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Bob Jack
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer of Ed Madden
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer for Yoshitaka Takeuchi
  • For tthe return to health and cure of cancer of SK Ed & Lady Janet  Madden
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Eileen Santangelo
  • For the private intentions of Matt Santangelo
  • For the repose of the soul of Susan Wolf
  • For the repose of the soul of Addie McBride
  • For the repose of the soul of Thomas J. Donnellan
  • For the repose of the souls of the victims of the shooting in Parkland, FL, for the consolation of their friends and families, and the healing of their community and our nation.
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