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Phila Founders Day 2011 as Given

Phila Founders Day 2011 as Given

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FRANKS PHILA 19 MARCH SPEECH AS GIVEN 2908 WORDS
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REMARKSGEN (RET) FREDERICK M. FRANKS, JR.WEST POINT SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA19 MARCH 2011[AMENITIES] THANK YOU BILL FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP OF THIS WEST POINTSOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA RECOGNIZED AGAIN THIS YEAR BY OUR AOG AS ADISTINGUISHED SOCIETY FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR ALMA MATER, REACHING OUT TOMAKE SURE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY, AND FOR WHAT YOUDO FOR OUR MAGNIFICENT SOLDIERS SERVING TODAY IN THIS WAR.THANKS TO MY CLASSMATE TOM LEO FOR HIS FOR GENEROUS INTRODUCTION,AND FOR HIS WELL-DESERVED PAUL PRYOR AWARD, AND AND FOR HIS OWNCOURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE IN GETTING BACK UP AGAIN AND GOING ON. TO MY MYFELLOW BAND OF BROTHERS CLASSMATES AND WIVES FROM THE GREAT CLASS OF1959 WHO HAVE COME FROM AS FAR AWAY AS WILLIAMSBURG, RICHMOND, ANDALEXANDRIA, VA THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND THE SPECIAL NIGHT IT IS AT OUROWN 1959 TABLE.HONORED GUESTS. HON WOODY GOLDBERG (HOME TOWN OF READING). MGWES CRAIG, GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOURAPPOINTMENT TO BE PA ADJUTANT GENERAL. WOUNDED WARRIORS. CADETS OFCLASS 2014 AND CADET NICK WHEELER CLASS 2011 GIVING UP YOUR LAST NIGHT OFSPRING BREAK LEAVE. THANK YOU. MEMBERS OF THE PA NATIONAL GUARD AND 28
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 DIVISION. FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE LONG GRAY LINE. FELLOW PENNSYLVANIANS.FELLOW AMERICANS.I AM TRULY HONORED AND HUMBLED TO RECEIVE THIS DISTINGUISHED AWARD.I AM MOVED KNOWING AS YOU DO THAT ON OUR ARMY FLAG ARE THE WORDS. ´THISWE·LL DEFENDµ TRACED ALL THE WAY BACK TO OUR BEGINNINGS RIGHT HERE INPHILADELPHIA. I ACCEPT IT ON BEHALF OF ALL THOSE GREAT AMERICANS IT WAS MYPRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH FOR ALMOST 35 AND A HALF YEARS AND IN TWO WARS IN
 
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THE UNITED STATES ARMY. I KNEW GENERAL AL HAIG AS A MAN OF ENORMOUSCOURAGE, INTELLECT, SENSE OF DUTY, AND ROLE MODEL FOR US ALL IN HONORABLESERVICE TO OUR NATION.AND I AM DOUBLY HUMBLED THAT I AM HERE IN MY HOME STATE OFPENNSYLVANIA, HAVING GROWN UP JUST ABOUT 60 MILES WEST OF HERE IN WESTLAWN, JUST OUTSIDE OF READING. IT IS WHERE IN MY WILSON HIGH SCHOOL, AT HOMEWITH MY MOM AND DAD, AND IN OUR COMMUNITY I GOT A ROCK SOLID START IN LIFE,AND WHERE I MET MY FUTURE WIFE NOW OF ALMOST 52 YEARS, DENISE. THERE IS ANOLD PENNSYLVANIA ¶DUTCH· SAYING, ´YOU GET TOO SOON OLD AND TOO LATESMART.µ I BELIEVE I WAS AN EXCEPTION TO THAT WHEN IT CAME TO ASKING DENISETO MARRY ME.I HAVE INDEED BEEN BLESSED WITH DENISE AS MY LIFE·S PARTNERAND ARMY WIFE.IN THOSE DAYS GROWING UP IN WEST LAWN, WE WERE IN THE CONSTANTPRESENCE OF WWII VETERANS, WHO WERE OUR LEADERS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND INOUR COMMUNITIES. THEY WERE SO GENUINELY AUTHENTIC WITH THEIR HUMILITY,SELFLESSNESS, AND QUIET COURAGE TO TACKLE ANYTHING AT HOME AND IN WAR,THAT THEY INSPIRED THIS YOUNG MAN TO WANT TO GO EARN THE RIGHT TO LEADPEOPLE LIKE THAT. THE BEST PLACE I KNEW OF WAS WEST POINT AND SO AFTER 4YEARS THERE BEGAN MY ARMY JOURNEY AS A PROFESSIONAL WITH THE GREATCLASS OF 1959 ON 3 JUNE.YET, AS WITH MOST OF US MY LIFE WAS NOT A STRAIGHT LINE. MY JOURNEYWAS INTERRUPTED IN MAY 1970 JUST OUT SIDE SNOUL, CAMBODIA IN A COMBATACTION ON 5 MAY 1970 WHEN I WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED SERVING IN THE 2DSQUADRON, 11
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ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT. I EVENTUALLY CAME HOME TOPENNSYLVANIA. 33 MILES WEST AND NORTHWEST OF THIS UNION LEAGUE IS NOWVALLEY FORGE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ON THE SITE WHERE 40 YEARS AGO WAS VALLEYFORGE GENERAL HOSPITAL. IT WAS THERE, IN MY HOME STATE, AMONG MY FELLOWSOLDIERS FROM VIETNAM, WITH THE HEALING HELP OF ARMY DOCTORS, NURSES AND
 
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MEDICS, AND WITH THE CONTINUING LOVE OF MY WIFE WHO DROVE AN HOUR EACHWAY EVERY DAY TO BE WITH ME, AND OUR DAUGHTER MARGIE, THAT I WAS REBORNAS A SOLDIER. THAT I WAS PERMITTED TO REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE US ARMYAFTER HAVING MY LEFT LEG AMPUTATED BELOW THE KNEE THERE AT VALLEY FORGEON 18 JANUARY 1971 WAS LIFE·S GREAT PRIVILEGE. MY CONSTANT COMPANION THENAS NOW WAS DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.AND SO FOR ME TO RETURN TO THIS CITY, THIS BIRTHPLACE OF OURFREEDOMS IN THAT FOUNDING DOCUMENT OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE,INSPIRED BY THOSE SIGNERS WHO PLEDGED THEIR LIVES, FORTUNES, AND SACREDHONOR IS INDEED FULL OF EMOTION AND AN ENORMOUS SENSE OF GRATITUDE.WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE AND COMMEMORATE THE FOUNDINGOF OUR ALMA MATER ON 16 MARCH 1802. SINCE WE REMAIN AT WAR NOW INTO OURTENTH YEAR YEAR, AND ARE IN WHAT THE US ARMY CALLS AN ERA OF PERSISTENTCONFLICT, AND BECAUSE THE MISSION OF OUR ALMA MATER CONTINUES TO BEDEVELOPING THEN GRADUATING AND COMMISSIONING COMPETENT LEADERS OFCHARACTER, I THOUGHT I WOULD TALK ABOUT RESILIENT LEADERS OF CHARACTER,ABOUT FAITHFULNESS TO DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY WE ALL SHARE AND OUR ARMYSHARES AS WE SEE EVERY DAY IN OUR SOLDIERS.THOSE EARLY AMERICANS, OUR NATION·S FIRST LEADERS OF CHARACTER,SEIZED WITH THE NOBLE CAUSE OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS, AND WILLING TO FIGHT TOGAIN AND WIN THAT FREEDOM, BEGAN THAT EARLY JOURNEY HERE IN PHILADELPHIA.THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR WAS ALSO ANYTHING BUT A STRAIGHT LINE TO WINNINGTHAT FREEDOM NOR WAS IT A STRAIGHT LINE FOR THEIR CONTINENTAL ARMYCOMMANDER GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON. WHEN WASHINGTON STOOD ON THEWEST BANK OF THE DELAWARE RIVER NOT TOO FAR FROM HERE THAT CHRISTMASNIGHT 1776 HIS ARMY HAD BEEN BADLY BEATEN ACROSS NEW YORK CITY AND NEWJERSEY. THEY FACED FINAL DEFEAT IN THE SPRING OF 1777 BY A SUPERIOR BRITISH-HESSIAN FORCE JUST ACROSS THE RIVER AND THE END OF THEIR NOBLE CAUSE. YET,

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