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Before your summer begins
And you fire up the grill
Remember our fallen men
The unknown and missing still

Place a flower, wave a flag
Visit a resting place
Give thanks for all you have
We’ve freedom to embrace!

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When the wind blows an ugly direction
With whom or where will you stand?
How will you assure your own protection
Save through the spirit at hand

Pondering;
“Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” [Page 260-261]Obama’s Audacity of Hope

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