Salem Community Patriot 10 - December 17, 2010
Boys & Girls Club Seventh Annual Holiday Breakfast
submitted by Rachel Hill, Education Director, Boys & Girls Club of Salem The Boys & Girls Club of Salem recently held their seventh Annual Holiday Breakfast on Saturday, December 11. Club staff and volunteers look forward to seeing the excitement and smiling faces of young and future Club members and parents as they participate in the fun activities, eat a hearty breakfast, and win prizes from the annual raffle.
“It is a nice day for everyone, especially when Santa arrives,” says Marie Salemi, Finance Director and volunteer at the event. As excited children thought deeply about their Christmas wishes, they were excited to see Santa, sit with him for a picture, and receive a special gift. Children and parents also had the opportunity to meet another special guest, Miss Rockingham County, Katrina Ulaky. Katrina spent some time speaking with and serving breakfast to some guests. She will also be spending some time volunteering at the Club during her winter break from college. This year’s raffle prizes included stuffed animals, poinsettias, a variety of chocolates, and a donation from Camille Flaherty of Yoga Balance of Life.
Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Flags flying high Club member Zoe Fraser and her dad with Santa Doug Micklon, a proud patriot Ian and Charles Murphy with Miss Rockingham County Katrina Ulaky volunteers at the breakfast Greystone Holiday Stroll George MacLean, Ken Averley, and Doug Micklon in deep thought
has had to fight to protect the innocent and oppressed. America has always been the first nation to stand up for the freedom of people from around the world. Many of you here today have answered that call and served your country well. We are here today to say “Thank You” and we are honored to know you. There are many men and women serving today in all branches of the military, here at home and in places far away that most of us have never heard of. These men and women are part of the best-trained, best-equipped force of the world. We honor them and their families for the sacrifices they make each day to keep our country safe from terrorism, hatred, and injustice that plague the world community. When you see a Veteran or an active member of the armed services, take a moment to say “Thank You.” We owe them our way of life, and a moment of your time that is well spent.
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submitted by Connie Young It was a lovely evening— one to remember. On December 9, guests ambled through the lobby, lounge, and hallways of Greystone Farm in Salem for the seventh annual Holiday Stroll while the tinkling of piano keys filled the air and staff meandered about with trays of delectable hors d’oeuvres. All enjoyed the festive atmosphere, as visitors partook in a silent auction to benefit ServiceLink of Rockingham County, an organization dedicated to providing referrals and services free of charge to seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers. Among the items auctioned off were dozens of holiday wreaths decorated by local businesses and individuals, sleighs brimming with everything from wine and chocolate to lottery tickets to jewelry, gift baskets with a variety of different themes, including vacation getaways, and centerpieces that sparkled. Complimentary wine was served and four fantastic raffle prizes were awarded.
Quoting our 40th United States President Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Today, we show a united
by Robyn Hatch We are gathered here
today at this memorial site and memorial sites all across America and New Hampshire to remember that we are one nation with one flag. We are all proud to be Americans that live in a free society made up of many people, many faces, and from many walks of life. The freedoms we enjoy have not come without a price. Lying here before us and in cemeteries throughout this nation are men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom and without fear. We can worship as we see fit. We can raise our children to believe as we do. We can
travel from one end of this great nation to the other and not have to ask permission to go. We are free to vote for whomever we feel should be in government office and we answer to no one but our own feelings. We have the right to succeed and we have the right to fail at whatever we wish to pursue. The United States of America was founded on the ideals of Freedom, Justice, and Equality. Our Nation stands a shining beacon of liberty and freedom to the world. We thank those who gave their lives to keep us free and we shall not forget. We shall always remember. Many of you are Veterans of wars and conflicts that America
front all across the United States of America as we Remember the Fallen, Honor those who serve, and Teach our children the value of freedom. We now lay a holiday wreath in memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom, in honor of those presently serving n the military, and in tribute to the United States Military Personnel whose last known status was either Prisoner of War or Missing in Action.
In closing, the wreaths before
you represent our commitment as a United America to remember the fallen. This holiday wreath symbolizes our respect to all military personnel, both past and present, and to their families who have endured sacrifices everyday on our behalf. To our children, we want you to understand the freedoms you enjoy today have not been free but have come with a cost that someday, you may have to pay yourself. As a nation standing together, we can defeat terrorism, hatred and injustice. Thanks to our Veterans, we have the freedom to do just that!
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