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“A Hamilton, N.J., native who died in the line of duty in Iraq was brought home on Sunday.
Twenty-five-year-old Omar J. Vazquez was a 1st lieutenant with the United States Army. He and a fellow soldier, Pfc. Antonio G. Stiggins of Rio Rancho, NM, died Friday in Numaniyah, Iraq. Both were assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Hood, Texas. They were the victims of an improvised explosive while serving in Iraq.”

Yes, soldiers are still under fire in Iraq contrary to what we hear about “peace-keeping” forces. Lest we forget

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“The most-powerful earthquake in Japan‘s recorded history struck off the country’s northeast coast on Friday, leaving hundreds of people dead, injured or missing March 11, 2011.

“The 8.9-magnitude earthquake triggered a deadly tsunami that washed far inland, swamping towns, sweeping away a train and sparking massive fires that burned through the night,” destabilizing major nuclear reactors along the coast …

It’s been a few months, but what is going on in Japan today? I cannot say when I last heard anything about those crippled reactors. How is it that something so catastrophic can be so easily brushed aside?

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“In 1776, a few patriots were very concerned about their loss of freedom. The British King had imposed unjust laws, and excessive taxation without representation. However, the majority of colonists were complacent — afraid to stand up for their freedom, and their Unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

“At great personal risk, 56 men stood up for all Americans and signed their names to the Declaration of Independence. It was adopted on July 4, 1776, and a new nation, The United States of America, was born. Our Founding Fathers (interactive picture of signers) established this nation upon amazingly wise and relevant documents, but there are those among us who believe they know better how the government should perform.

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We must never forget … Never forget the lives given, freely sacrificed for the good of the nation, for the good of their neighbors. We must never forget those who have gone before us and made a way for us to experience the various freedoms we so often take for granted everyday. We must never forget those who suffer and need our assistance and prayers whether here. across the world in the deserts of the Middle East or devastated island of Japan. Hardship demands a response, but the choice of HOW to respond is ours. We can walk away and forget, or we can find our way toward involvement. It’s a crime to forget …

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Inspiration Monday XIV!!! Thanks for the creative prompts! BeKindRewrite