May 272016
 
MEMORIAL DAY 2016

Establish a perimeter….if you want to sleep safely.…if you want your family….your loved ones….to sleep safely….. Establish a perimeter……..  

A single person…. such as a president or a governor establishes a perimeter to provide safety…security…

That security is provided by armed men and women willing to sacrifice everything….not necessarily for a person….but for a greater purpose.

We the people…of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice and insure domestic tranquility have established such a perimeter……. to provide our country……..our people…….with the safety….the security….within which we may live and prosper….where we may raise our families…where we may break bread in the security and safety provided by those willing to lay their lives upon the altar of freedom….

The men and women of the United States military whom have made the ultimate sacrifice…..the solemn gift of faith and blood…..believe in a greater purpose.

The preservation of freedom…………

If you are willing to fight….you may…or can… provide yourself freedom…..if you are willing to fight…to give this freedom to others…to others you may not even know….to others you may not agree with…to others, unlike yourself….to others that may not support you…………it is an endeavor of the greatest honor……for only those among us with the courage… the character….the commitment……….to the greater purpose of freedom for all men……have been blessed with the true serenity bestowed through selfless sacrifice…….

On this day………..Memorial Day…….we the people…..remember…….we honor……those who have bled for us………..those who have died for us.

We must honor them…….we must always remember them….we must hold their names…their sacrifice…..in high honor.   The gift they have given us is a bond of trust….a trust we must not violate……it is the trust….. that we will not squander or surrender the freedom they have provided us.

Do not become complacent in your freedom….celebrate your freedom…honor those that have preserved it……let us raise our flag to honor them….to remember them….

If you possess the flag of our great country…..raise it…..raise it outside your home.  If you do not have a flag……..get one…….raise it…….raise it high a-top a pole or alongside your front door….keep it there.

Be proud of our military……..be proud of our people…….Be proud to be an American……

 

Chuck Knutson
Publisher, Galloway Patriot

Sgt. at Arms
Military Funeral Honor Guard
www.LastSalute.US

Please remember what Memorial Day is for……………….

May 132016
 
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The Police Unity Tour stopped in Galloway to add more riders on its journey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.

The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.

Prior to departing from the Galloway Police Department, a ceremony was held in front of the police station. Galloway PD spokesman Gary Brenner told the crowd why the event was so important. Young Galloway resident Gabriella Barber presented a check to Gary Brenner.

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Additional speakers included Donna Higbee, Galloway’s Chief of Police, and agent from the FBI as well as family members of fallen officers.

Anyone watching was moved by the emotion and commitment of the participants. Hundreds of bicyclists which were mostly police officers filed out on to Jimmy Leeds Road for their long journey to DC in honor of their fallen brother and sister law enforcement officers.

They were led by motorcycle cops from all over the country and a number of police cars.

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May 132016
 
Germania Fire Dept Turkey Dinner 2016
Germania Fire Dept Turkey Dinner 2016

Germania Fire Dept Turkey Dinner 2016

The Germania Vol. Fire Co. has been holding a dinner fundraiser since its inception in 1926. It started as a chicken dinner and dance. With the growing popularity, the main course switched over to turkey. Large amounts of people from all over Galloway gathered for Germania’s semi-annual turkey dinner on Saturday, May 7th. Eat in or take out the turkey dinner with all the fixings was a huge success. You can always find one of the most popular firehouse fundraisers on the first Saturday in May and October. Keeo informed by visiting GallowayPatriot.com events.

May 062016
 
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Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson with Army recruiter Frank Cepeda at the Army's Ft. Dix Combat Training Center

Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson with Army recruiter Frank Cepeda at the Army’s Ft. Dix Combat Training Center

Local young men and women wanting to join the Army were given a unique opportunity to try the “M.O.U.T.” (Military Operations on Urban Terrain) center at Fort Dix.  The Army facility has the latest technology combined with realistic surroundings for an immersive action experience.

The young men and women were taught the basics of room entry and clearing, use of a robot for surveillance and safety, how to move in a mock Afghanistan village, evacuating an injured person and were able to fire on the simulated range.

The event lasted most of the day and the Army even provided lunch.

The attendees came away excited to have learned so much in a such a short time.  They were very impressed by how advanced and technical todays Army has become.

 

Apr 262016
 
Smithville Elementary School

Smithville Elementary Schools Music teacher Patrick O’Keefe led his students in an Orff Concert for students and teachers this April. What is “Orff”, you ask? Carl Orff was a German composer who developed music specifically for percussion instruments, and developed a new way of delivering music education to children.

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