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Vol. 15 No. 4 - November 19, 2014

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A powerful message

Hats off and a big "well done" to the folks at CrossPointe Fellowship, who hosted their second annual Community BBQ on Saturday to celebrate area veterans. It was a wonderful event that included the Manatee High School drum line and JROTC, as well as a color guard, speakers delivering heartfelt stories, a local version of Jeopardy and a free barbecue lunch.

The entire presentation made for a wonderful day, but it was the powerful messages delivered by those on the stage that was the most moving.

“When we sign up to serve, we do that – to serve. We don’t expect anything less than the time we are going to put in," said Army Staff Sgt. Joe Beimfohr, who lost his legs to a land mine explosion while serving in Iraq in 2005.

"So getting something back from the community when people say, ‘Thank you for what you’ve done; thank you for your service,’ it’s huge,” Beimfohr concluded.

Extraordinary. Here is a veteran who has sacrificed so much for his country and he's saying "thank you for remembering" to those who say a simple "thanks for your service."

That is a powerful message and one we must never forget.

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