Reager & Adler shareholder, Tom Williams, was a speaker at a Keystone Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors event: Celebration of a Rebirth of Freedom

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Reager & Adler shareholder, Tom Williams, was a speaker at a Keystone Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors sponsored event entitled Celebration of a Rebirth of Freedomhonoring the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.  Presented at the Pennsylvania Monument, Tom’s 272 word speech was entitled “Reflections on Our Freedom”. 

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America is the greatest nation because of the freedoms enjoyed equally by all citizens. Our American freedoms, procured with the blood of our predecessor Americans, has never been taken, and likely never will be taken, by force by a foreign invader; but will more likely be taken or surrendered by elected fellow Americans sworn to protect and defend those freedoms with the permission or acquiescence of we the people. 

Our American freedoms, secured by our ancestors, are the freedoms that have inspired citizens the world over to risk ALL to become Americans.

President Lincoln, addressing the living, but in the presence of the souls of thousands of fallen soldiers, with almost impossible economy, expressed the basic truths about freedom and a nation founded upon the principals of freedom: that is, freedom is not free, and once secured, it is never permanent. It must be exercised responsibly, defended, and never taken for granted. Those of us born into these inherited freedoms must learn the cost of freedom.

The only ones qualified to testify as to the cost of our American freedoms are those who paid the ultimate price to secure them. For the rest of us, every man and woman who call ourselves Americans; we who casually speak of, and enjoy those freedoms, need do but two things: remember and thank our ancestors who gave us this gift, and pass on the full measure of those freedoms unabridged to those who follow. Anything less and we will have fulfilled Lincoln’s worst fear expressed in Gettysburg 150 years ago that those who gave the last full measure of devotion would have died in vain.

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