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Nov. 11, 2013 12:01 a.m.

What is it? If the image doesn’t come charging out, give it just a moment or two. Everyone has that special one that stands out well above the rest. Your all time favorite gift.
BeanieFor me it arrived on Christmas Day fifty two years ago. It was a little fellow named Beanie Boy. My brother got the very same gift.
Back in 1961 it was super technology. You pulled on a string and out came a message as the string retracted inwards.
Beanie was so mesmerizing that when my brother and I took our Beanies to the family dinner, all the other kids – and there were many – had to pull the string.
Unfortunately, my brother’s Beanie Boy string got pulled a bit too hard or too often. Beanie Boy’s string didn’t retract. Brother’s Beanie Boy became a mute.
I don’t know what became of little Beanie Boy. I also don’t know why this gift stands out in my mind.
American HeroBut, Beanie Boy really wasn’t my top all time gift. The best gift I ever received is the one that all Americans have received – Freedom.
Tomorrow is the day we have set aside to recognize those who have given us that gift. We owe our gratitude for this “Best Gift Ever” to every American soldier who has served in the Armed Services.
Men and Women of the Armed service – past and present – “I salute you and thank you for the gift.”

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