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Gilmanton Elementary School recognized our nation's veterans

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton Elementary School under the co-direction of Cathy Lines and Zac Babcock organized a Veterans Day Observance.

The assembly was opened by Blake Bolduc, Annabelle Eisenman and Jon Buttrick. Rachel Bradstreet then discussed "What is a Veteran," followed by Chaz Townsend presenting a history of Veterans Day. Jenny Laurendeau then did introductions to Grades K, 1 and 2 which sang patriotic songs, including "It's a Grand Old Flag" and "Fifty Stars." Third-graders Kylie Kelly and Wren Reinholz wrote and read an acrostic poem. Fifth-grade students presented all veterans in attendance with personal letters asking many questions about their service and experiences. Brian Brennan read a heartfelt letter to his Dad, Sgt. Casey Brennan of the Gilmanton Police Department expressing his family's feelings during his absence through three deployments. Grace Denny and Sydney Rainville then did a Patriotic reading of "I Am the Flag."

The overall responsibility of running the assembly was shared by students Annabelle Eisenman, Pat Bolduc, and Jon Buttrick.

Mary Sawyer, the Elementary School music director, had her students perform an inspirational rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" as well as patriotic music as guests arrived. Also, student members Emma Ramsey, Noah Bilodeau, and Haven Montoya provided snare drum cadence for the Color Guard of the American Legion Ellis Geddes Levitt Post 102 of Gilmanton. The Color Guard consisted of Glen Lines, Don Ouellette, Walt Barton and Fred Clifford. Approximately 25 veterans were in attendance including members from other local Posts.

The overall program was a stirring tribute to the men and women who have or are presently serving our country. To Cathy and Zac and all those involved we say "a job well done."

M. Young, Commander

American Legion Ellis Geddes Levitt Post 102


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We must open our minds and hears to to give Pres. Trump a chance

To The Daily Sun,

The morning air was fresh today. The ground had a powdered sugar look with the morning frost. Election signs are coming down, slowly but surely. The phone is now silent with the absence of political jargon. We can feel our lives having some sense of normalcy. It is now time to heal.

Yes, many people voted and selected Trump to be our 45th president. This writer was not one of them. However, in a sense, we can say the political process did work, regardless of the means that was used to seek this responsibility. We must move ahead, forward and let the system play out. We cannot undo the will of the majority, but seek to unify our country as a whole.

This is a tremendous responsibility that falls on Mr. Trump's shoulders. His acceptance speech following the election's end was presidential, and Ms. Clinton's concession speech signaled the need for all of us to move forward. She and President Obama offered to ensure the transition goes smoothly. All of us must work to make this happen. The people have spoken.

More important, all of us need to observe and understand the meaning of people's trend of thought. Why are people bigots, why is there so much discontent, why we believe as we do, and how do we seek resolution. How do we open our minds to the multiple faiths and religion so protected by our Constitution? There are no simple answers. We must try to make our country grow strong by being whole rather than be fragmented.

The world is watching how we absorb our new president, and how we move forward. This is not about Republicans, Libertarians, Democrats, and many more different groups of ideology. Rather it is about us, as a nation. It is not about faith, Christianity, Hebrew, Muslim, and other religious groups. It is how we learn to get along, and research the history and development of each faith.

While we may have (and hopefully so) a honeymoon phase post election, we need to go beyond, in the upcoming years. Strength comes from within, and from a nation as a whole. Listening and researching ways to make our country greater, is essential for everyone and every political party. This includes those who are rich, middle class, and those less fortunate. The rich needs to remember, their wealth comes not from themselves, but those who work for them. They have a responsibility to give back to all of us.

To make our great country greater, it takes burying the hatchets. Words of slander, off-color, abuse of women, those of minority races, disabled, different religions are no longer appropriate. Many of us have mixed races in our blood, with multiple cultures and countries that define each and everyone. Each of us has something to contribute to this nation regardless of their backgrounds. Work settings embrace the many employees with variable skills and backgrounds, and sexual orientation. It takes all of us to make or break a business or large entity. It is incumbent for all of us to move our employers forward, and the employers reward those for its successes.

Hopefully, as indicated, this transition is successful. It will pave the way for our country to move ahead, and to set the example for the rest of the world to see. We need to demonstrate that this transition is one of peace and hope, and make it a better place to live for everyone. Only, as the history of this country shows, by supporting our new president we can show how great this country is. The eagle, the flag, the seal of this country define that our nation is strong, for its citizens, and the entire world. Working together we can continue to be strong. We are citizens of this United States of America.

Unity must come from within as well as without. To survive as a nation, we must again mold together and work with our new president to ensure this happens. We must open our minds and hearts to give Trump a chance, in spite of his campaign rhetoric. Protest is fine, but this discourages unity. At one time, we were called the melting pot of the world. We still can be as we are all in this together. We must work together, play together, raise our families and contribute to our communities, state and country's welfare.

Mark Twain said it best: "Support your country, and the government, if it deserves it." If there is ever a time for unity to grow and develop, it is now.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.
New Hampton

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