Gov. Palin Honors Heroes, Meets Public in Buckeye, AZ

 

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Video H/T, Steve Flesher, Conservatives4Palin.

 
 

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today honored our fallen heroes and veterans at the American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall (AVTT) Cost of Freedom ceremony held in Buckeye, Arizona. She met with members of the public following the ceremony.

As previously reported, the event features an 80% scaled replica of the VietNam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. that travels from city to city. Angel MedFlight worldwide air ambulance service sponsored the event which runs through Sunday, May 12. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Cluff were also scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

Conservatives4Palin commenter “iizthatiiz,” filed this dispatch and provided many photos:

Most of the veterans at the event are members of VFW 9400, serving Buckeye and surrounding communities.

A very moving day and evening at the ‘Cost Of Freedom’ tribute Thursday in Buckeye, AZ at the opening of the travelling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall exhibit.

Governor Palin gave a well-received, heartfelt address to a crowd of approximately 500. Her remarks were totally non-political, and very much focused on the ultimate sacrifice given to this country by so many of our men and women in uniform. It was a series of stirring and emotional moments for those in attendance and Governor Palin.

After the ceremony, it was announced that Governor Palin would spend some time in front of the stage with those who wished to meet her. At least 200 lined up. She spent close to two hours greeting, talking, and taking photo’s with each and every one of them.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin poses with two veterans on the rope line following her speech honoring them at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin shakes hands with an officer from the Buckeye Police Department on the rope line following her speech honoring them at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin meets with a young woman, presumably a relative of the Buckeye PD officer to the right following her speech honoring them at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin poses on the rope line with members of the US Air Force Honor Guard from nearby Luke Air Force Base following her speech honoring them at the AVTT ceremony. The Honor Guard opened and closed the ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin poses with members of the public on the rope line following her speech honoring veterans at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin poses with members of the public on the rope line following her speech honoring veterans at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin poses with members of the public on the rope line following her speech honoring veterans at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin poses with veterans on the rope line.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin poses with members of the public on the rope line following her speech honoring veterans at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “iizthatiiz.” Gov. Palin poses with members of the public on the rope line following her speech honoring veterans at the AVTT ceremony. “This woman was accompanied by a large number of extended family members. They waited together about 20 minutess just to the left of the line for an opportunity to meet Gov. Palin. The woman pictured was very eager to meet her. I spoke with with her niece for a few minutes and emailed her pics of her aunt with Gov. Palin.”

Kevin Scholla filed the following dispatch with Gabriela Saucedo Mercer who provided on-location coverage.

Thursday in Arizona, the Cost of Freedom Tribute and Traveling Wall made a stop in the town of Buckeye. The exhibit is designed to show support for American men and women in uniform. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) is a non-profit organization that honors our courageous service members. The Traveling Wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. All wars and conflicts involving the United States are represented in the tribute. Along with paying respect to veterans and active duty military, the group also recognizes police officers, firefighters, and other heroes.

Before the event former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin posted on social media “We will never forget the sacrifice made by these brave heroes, and they are forever memorialized in Washington, D.C. and on the traveling Wall memorial.” When Palin delivered remarks in person at the event held at the Earl Edgar Recreational Facility, she spoke with the same respect and thankfulness.

“You know these types of ceremonies, honoring ceremonies are kind of though for someone like me because they are quite heartfelt and sincere, but I will share with you,” Palin said. “Words honestly never can adequately express the appreciation that I have for our United States military, our vets who have allowed us to be here today folks. They’ve allowed our freedom to continue”

Palin spoke specifically about some locals who laid down their lives for freedom. “We are gathered here to honor those who gave it all,” said Palin.

Governor Palin commented specifically on the moving Wall and referred to the Buckeye Vietnam patriots by name.

“We are gathered here today to witness a moving monument to our heroes from this very town, this Wall has traveled from my small town in Alaska,” Palin said. “From those days in Wasilla to here in Buckeye, may this always be reminders to the rest of the United States how important our military is.”

“We honor six men from Buckeye, Arizona, today, who served something greater than self,” Palin continued. “They made the ultimate sacrifice far from home. PFC Donald Rorbert Elmore, James Dell Laizure, SP4 Geronimo Lerma, SP4 Allen Theodore Makin II, SP4 Darrell Monroe Pickett and SP5 Herman Serna. They were young men with their life ahead of them when they died in Vietnam.”

An emotional Governor Palin, appeared to tear up. She then apologized to the crowd. “This is why it’s hard for me to get through these, forgive me
for this,” Palin said.

As she often does, Palin , the great communicator, made a personal connection with the crowd that was visibly appreciated. Attendees nodded and smiled when Palin shared how her husband Todd had texted her before she gave her speech, and told her he was praying for her.

Veterans of Vietnam were often treated horribly upon returning home. Governor Palin did not shy away from this shameful chapter of history. “I am sorry that you were not given the welcome home that you deserved,” Palin said.

“See, if you look for the virtues that sustain our great nation you’ll find them in those who wear the uniform, who take the oath and paid the price for our freedom,” Palin said while asking Americans to continue to honor and thank our veterans. “They are the special ones, they are unique, they have been selfless, they have been brave. Their sacrifices are what made this country possible, and friends, we must never forget that our freedom was purchased by millions of men now long forgotten throughout our history.”

While putting a special emphasis on Vietnam, Palin also praised veterans of all wars. From Normandy, to the deserts of Iraq, to the mountains of Afghanistan, and yes, the jungles of Vietnam. Palin masterfully painted a word picture that clearly shows just how vital our military members are. “It’s not the preacher who has given us the freedom of religion, it is the veteran,” Palin said. “It’s not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press, it is the veteran. Not the poet who has given us the freedom of speech, it is the veteran. It is the veteran not the campus organizer who has given us the freedom to assemble. It is the veteran not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the veteran not the politician who has given us the right to vote.”

Palin spoke from the heart when tying our vets to Old Glory. “It is the veteran who salutes the flag; it is the veteran who serves under the flag; who’s coffin is draped by the flag,” Palin said. “So eternal rest grant them oh Lord, and let perpetual life shine upon all our good veterans for they know, that their oath of allegiance had no expiration date, so may we never fail in our duty to our vets.”

“Thank God for these brave men and women,” Palin said as she closed out her remarks with praise. “God bless their families. God bless Arizona and God
bless the United States of America”

Tons of applause ensued. Cheers for Governor Palin and deafening roars for our veterans.

After the ceremony was over, Governor Palin was reportedly supposed to take off but she agreed to instead walk down from the stage to shake hands, take pictures, and sign books that people had brought with them. Palin is demonstrating once again just how gracious she is with her time despite incredible restraints.

Angel MedFlight worldwide air ambulance service sponsored the Cost of Freedom Tribute. They couldn’t have imagined a better outcome. A beautiful day, showcased by Governor Palin’s moving words, honoring our incredible veterans.

Let’s all follow Sarah Palin’s lead and say a prayer for our veterans and our active duty service members today.

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Photo courtesy of Jackie Martinez. “@SarahPalinUSA so lovely meeting Sarah Palin today! Thank you for coming out and honoring our veterans.”

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Photo by SWallax, H/T M. Joseph Sheppard, Palin4President2016. “Spent a few hours in Buckeye, AZ at the traveling Vietnam Wall. Sarah Palin gave a keynote speech for vets.”

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Photographer unknown. Gov. Palin poses with a member of the public following her speech honoring veterans at the AVTT ceremony. H/T M. Joseph Sheppard, Palin4President2016.

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Photographer unknown. Gov. Palin poses with a family following her speech honoring veterans at the AVTT ceremony. H/T M. Joseph Sheppard, Palin4President2016.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall (AVTT). Gov. Palin seated and waiting to speak at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall (AVTT). Gov. Palin with a ceremonial bouquet preparing to speak at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from: Izzthatizz. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin receives the key to the City of Buckeye, AZ

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall (AVTT). Gov. Palin with a ceremonial bouquet preparing to speak at the AVTT ceremony. Photo adjusted for brightness and contrast.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall (AVTT). Gov. Palin speaks at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall (AVTT). Gov. Palin speaks at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “Izzthatizz”. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “Izzthatizz”. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “Izzthatizz”. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the AVTT ceremony.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “Izzthatizz”. Families pay tribute to fallen heroes.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “Izzthatizz”. Families pay tribute to fallen heroes.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from “Izzthatizz”. Families pay tribute to fallen heroes.

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  • John_Frank

    Ron, thank you for taking the time to put together this excellent report.

    • Ron Devito

      Thank you, John. 12 more photos coming from IIZthatIIz, so stay tuned.

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  • http://twitter.com/PHHHHHH P H

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

  • Dan

    our next POTUS…thanks for the update..and the pics

  • MaMcGriz

    Thanks Ron and Izz.

    And Kevin Scholla’s unabashed love for governor Palin shines through as warmly and beautifully as always.

    The photos are all so touching, and none more than the one of Sarah crouched down to be at the level of the lady in the wheelchair. What a good heart. That girl was raised right.

    Thanks again, boys. Much appreciated.