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Thankful that I am!

A citizen of a republic that has a Constitution, Bill of Rights and a First Amendment that allows and encourages those who are governed to hold those entrusted with the powers of government accountable for their actions.

Born of modest origins and nurtured by parents - themselves children of the Great Depression – whose dreams and lives were tempered by harsh reality, but still raised their children in a loving Christian home.

able to benefit from a good public education offered as an opportunity and challenge, not a promise or guarantee, to provide a good and honest life for my spouse, our children and myself.

A veteran who was afforded an opportunity to defend the greatness of a nation that willingly gives its sons and daughters in defense of freedom, asking only sufficient foreign soil in which to rest its fallen.

Able to enjoy each day the unique beauty, diversity and wonder of a natural environment found only in the Lowcountry.

Able to sense and feel all of humanity's emotions that make life so richly rewarding, yet totally dependent upon interrelationships with others.

Able to share a chance smile or social courtesy with a stranger and experience special, inner warmth from the encounter.

The benefactor of hardy ancestors who suffered, but survived plagues and pestilence of past ages.

Born in an age that provides the benefits of modern medicine to ease the pains and infirmities of age.

Able to look into the eyes of my grandchildren and know with certainty that part of me will live in eternity.

A Charlestonian.

Lee Walton

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