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1940’s CELEBRATION WRAPPED AROUND A 1776 WAR SONG

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!

HARK, hark the sound of war is heard,
And we must all attend;
Take up our arms and go with speed,
Our country to defend.

Our parent state has turned our foe,
Which fills our land with pain;
Her gallant ships, manned out for war,
Come thundering o’er the main.

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There’s Charleton, Howe and Clinton too,
And many thousand more,
May cross the sea, but all in vain,
Our rights we’ll ne’er give o’er.

Our pleasant homes they do invade,
Our property devour;
And all because we won’t submit
To their despotic power.

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Then let us go against our foe,
We’d better die than yield;
We and our sons are all undone,
If Britain wins the field.

Tories may dream of future joys,
But I am bold to say,
They’ll find themselves bound fast in chains,
If Britain wins the day.

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Husbands must leave their loving wives,
And sprightly youths attend,
Leave their sweethearts and risk their lives,
Their country to defend.

May they be heroes in the field,
Have heroes’ fame in store;
We pray the Lord to be their shield,
Where thundering cannons roar.

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Current news –

Several military bases, such as Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and Fort Bragg Army Base, have had their Fourth of July celebrations cancelled due the failure of Washington to follow up on the 2011 budget pact. The additional spending cuts meant $85 billion across-the-board cuts that began in March. The military took a major hit and this was felt to be one way to scale back.

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Farewell Salute –

Gladys Povall Kennedy – Prescot, England & W. Palm Beach, FL; Corporal in the A.T.S. in the United Kingdom, WWII

Bruce Budd Brown – Kissimmee, FL; U.S. Army, Korean War, Commendation Ribbon w/ medal pendant for entertaining over 110,000 troops during the war.

Leo A. Corby – Hibbing, Minnesota; U.S. Army, WWII

Ralph F. DeVito – Tequesta, FL; U.S. Coast Guard, WWII

Dr. Robert Edward Grogan – Galesburg, Illinois & Jupiter, FL; Lieutentant, U.S. Navy, WWII Pacific aboard USS Auriga

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