Our thanks to the Korean War veterans and my old friends Ray Downs and Mel Ocampo for properly disposing of the American flag damaged by fire when Republican headquarters was destroyed. You guys are American heroes.
For 34 years every GOP meeting was started with a pledge to that old flag and it is with a great deal of emotion that I remember our committee members who made that pledge and are no longer with us.
But in a larger sense that old flag did not only belong to the Republican Party but to every American regardless of political differences or party affiliation.
We will replace most of the contents lost in the fire but we can never replace the lives of the brave men and women who died on the battlefields protecting that flag. She was not just a piece of cloth but a legacy, an American spirit and a lot of beautiful memories I shall forever cherish.