"Even when faced with the murderous madness of criminals, and in the presence of the silent agony of their victims, it is incumbent upon us to choose between escape and solidarity, shame and honor. The terrorists have chosen shame. We have chosen honor."óElie Wiesel.
As I wrote this, there were tears in my eyes; everything has changed since 9/11/01. There is not much to say that hasnít already been said much more eloquently than I could.
This yearís reunion will be different than any other. We have crews ready to go in harmís way; we have soldiers, sailors, and marines standing tall, defending democracy with honor and perseverance. I hope all of you join Gale and me at the reunion to share our stories, renew friendships and enjoy our company. I believe all of us have a renewed pride in what we accomplished as soldiers. Now is the time to show that pride with the American flag and solidarity. Take a moment to say a prayer for our soldiers who are deployed and those who are sure to be deployed; they need our support. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the reunion. God bless, and God bless America.