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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 27, 2014

Schmidt honors those now serving

By David Hotle | May 31, 2010

    When Jim Schmidt gave the Memorial Day address on the Crooked Creek Bridge on Monday, he encouraged the people present to remember those still serving.

    During the speech, which showcased “heroes” as the topic, Schmidt reminded the audience that there are still people serving in foreign lands to ensure that the United States remains a free nation.

    “Let us go forth and be eternally grateful to all the men and women who are still protecting our right to be Americans,” he said. “Let us thank each one of them for their devotion to their duty.”

    After the speech, a wreath and flowers were dropped into Crooked Creek. Other Memorial Day tributes to the nation’s veterans included a flag raising in front of the Washington Post Office and a program at Elm Grove Cemetery.

    For Schmidt the speech was more than just words. He said that he was thinking of his grandson, Army Sgt. James Tyler Schmidt, who was serving with an Airborne Army unit in Afghanistan. He said that his grandson was temporarily home on leave and will soon return to Afghanistan. He also said his grandson’s unit had been ambushed by the Taliban and eight members of his unit had been killed.

For the full story, see the June 1 edition of The Washington Evening Journal

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