Today, we honor all the men and women, living or dead, who have worn the uniform in service to this nation. A special salute to all the members of American Legion Alfred W. Maxwell Jr. Post 40 here in Winthrop; the many veterans I serve with on the Winthrop Rotary; my brother-in-law who has served in the Army with tours in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan; my godbrother who served in the Army and the Navy; my godson who currently serves in the Army National Guard; and last but certainly not least, my late father, a trailblazer and World War II veteran who served with the Tuskegee Airmen in the Army Air Force. He taught me how to rise up after being knocked down, how to dream great dreams, how to live and how to love.
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