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:yesss: We have the biggest Stand Down for Vets coming up in our North State history. Medical, dental, shrinks, vets for critters, hot food, tons of free clothes, job and housing placements, free education classes, hots and a cot for 3 days with hot showers and clean towels and sheets to boot. We pick up those who have no transportation as both trucks in service and much MUCH more to come. Feed a vet today-respect to one and all-John

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It wouldn't hurt one bit for the rest of the nation to pick up their appreciation and

follow suit with this program for the vets......Especially at the Federal level.

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:cry2: One brave warrior with a couple a dozen bronze to his credit and more. 70 can live as he laid down his life for others....much respect-RIP-John

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Please take a few moments to watch this extraordinary video of one man,

> > placing one flag every mile across the US for every one of our

> > military who gave their lives serving this country while in Afghanistan

> > . You'll be glad you did!

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> > Time worth the 6 minutes to watch.

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Very Moving, a great tribune to those being honored, it's such a great loss because those that died many of them at a very young age are the best of the citizens of this country, I had a hard time seeing much of the last 2/3 of the video because everything was so blurry! :cry2:

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Thanks for posting that for me Don ... I just can't seem to get those things to work ... may just be my internet service or my vipre virus software!

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That was monumental......Patriotism at its best

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0930 here so it's 0530 CST and I haven't found any mention on the Internet of Pearl Harbor Day.

Being PC doesn't erase it from my memory.

Thanks to all who gave all and those that survived that terrible day.

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With Deep Regrets

Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because he is a substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious.

Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is a celebrity drug addict and a thief.
The same can be said about drug addict, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died with a needle stuck in his arm.
Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian's stupid wedding (and short-lived marriage) was shoved down our throats.
Let’s not forget the thug Michael Brown who was made an angel by Barak Obama, Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson.
Also, felon Travon Martin of whom Obama said could have been his son, while........
SEE BELOW

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Justin Allen23
BrettLinley29
Matthew Weikert 29
Justus Bartett 27
Dave Santos 21
Jesse Reed 26
Matthew Johnson 21
Zachary Fisher 24
Brandon King 23
Christopher Goeke 23
and Sheldon Tate 27...
....are all Marines who gave their lives last month for you.
There is no media for them; not even a mention of their names.
They were young men who most likely came from rural America seeking a chance to better themselves and to serve this country.
Honor THEM by sending this on.
I did, will you?
THANK YOU, TROOPS.
MAY
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.

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VETERAN OF THE DAY

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Michael Medders. Michael served the U.S. Army as a platoon leader with 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment from 2005 until 2008. He died of wounds he sustained during a suicide bombing on Sept. 24, 2008, in Baqubah, Iraq. Michael was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his actions that day.

Illustrating the impact Michael had on those around him, his nomination for Veteran of the Day came from one of his enlisted Soldiers who still holds his memory more than seven years after his passing. “I would like to nominate my platoon leader from 2008, Capt. Michael Medders. He was an amazing Soldier and an amazing leader and mentor.”

We honor your service, Michael. Hooah!
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WWII paratrooper dies after brief reunion with his wife

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A World War II paratrooper from Colorado who was initially denied permission to move into the same nursing home as his wife has passed away after a brief reunion.

Elmer Melchi, who had cancer, died in a hospice care center in Pueblo on Thursday, a week after June Melchi, who has dementia, was brought to visit him there. He was 92.

After Elmer Melchi's health worsened on New Year's Eve, the Veterans Administration denied the family's request to allow him to spend his final days with his wife in the nursing home because it wasn't a VA-sanctioned facility.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports the VA later gave permission, but Elmer Melchi's son says his health never improved enough to allow him to move.

The couple met in England and married in 1945.

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VETERAN OF THE WEEK

This week we honor Nicolas Checque. Nic was a Special Warfare Operator with the elite Naval Special Warfare Development

Group (SEAL Team Six) from 2006 until his death Dec. 8, 2012. He enlisted in the Navy in 2002 and was recruited to the highly secretive

DEVGRU team in just 4 years, a testament to his superior skills as a Navy SEAL and special warfare operator.

Go to NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION post # 73 for his actions with Medal Of Honor winner Chief Byers.

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                           RIP AMERICAN HERO

 

 

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Many times our older veterans die a lonely death after falling into the cracks of time and old age, some dying without any family ir close friends to honor their passing and sacrifice to our country, such was the case of Andrew Moore, who past away at age 89 and laid unclaimed at the Washing D.C. Morgue, that is until 2 men who lived in the same building as Moore and sorta got to know him a little decided even though only knowing him casually they would do their best to give him a proper burial, the following story tells it all of how these 2 men with help from other residents of the building that they and Andrew lived in stepped up to honor this Veteran!! :party-smiley-027[1]:   

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-wwii-vet%E2%80%99s-body-lay-unclaimed-at-the-morgue-then-neighbors-did-something-beautiful/ar-BBrwjPV?li=BBnb7Kz

" A WWII vet’s body lay unclaimed at the morgue. Then neighbors did something beautiful.

ANick Addams (left) and and Bill Sheppard (center) attend the memorial service they arranged for their 8neighbor, World War II veteran Andrew Moore, 89, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Andrew Moore lived alone and died alone. He was raised in an orphanage, never married and outlived his friends. For his last 40 years, the World War II veteran slept on a couch in a rent-­controlled efficiency apartment in the nation’s capital.

The 89-year-old pensioner died in December with no will, no instructions and no next of kin. He lay in a cold room at the D.C. medical examiner’s office, where the unclaimed dead are usually destined for a nameless pauper’s grave.

Instead, on Friday, Moore was given a hero’s sendoff at Arlington National Cemetery. A uniformed honor guard escorted Moore’s flag-covered remains. In place of a silent goodbye, a bugler played taps and three volleys of rifle fire marked his passing.

How was a lonely man diverted from the oblivion of a potter’s field for the glory of his country’s most hallowed resting place? It was the work of a family Moore may not have known he had: the residents of State House, a post-WWII apartment building at the edge of Washington’s Embassy Row.

His neighbors in that vertical village didn’t know much about the affable old-timer who smoked on the front steps. But they knew this: He deserved a dignified goodbye.

World War II veteran Andrew Moore, 89, died in Washington December. His neighbors in his apartment building arranged for a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.© FAMILY PHOTO/FAMILY PHOTO World War II veteran Andrew Moore, 89, died in Washungton in December. His neighbors in his apartment building arranged for a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

‘Impossible not to like him’

Most residents of the eight-story, 308-unit State House probably never heard Andy Moore’s name. He was just one of the building’s fixtures, the friendly Redskins fanatic — always wearing the burgundy-and-gold cap — in Apartment 307. He would bring the staff members Hershey’s Kisses from his outings to CVS or cookies from the McDonald’s on 17th Street in Northwest Washington, where he would play pickup chess.

“I offered to replace his AC unit once, and he said not to bother,” said building engineer Damian Greenleaf, who took a half-day off from work to attend Moore’s funeral at Arlington. “He said, ‘Don’t bother, I prefer the breeze.’ ”

It was Bill Sheppard and Nick Addams who spearheaded the effort to make Moore’s funeral something more than minimal. The two single retirees count themselves among the State House’s “sociables,” those residents who make a point to chat in the lobby, to pierce the urban anonymity of a busy city dwelling.

“Not like these millennials staring down at their phones with the things in their ears,” said Addams, a spry 81-year-old retired lawyer and nightclub owner. “You say hi to them in the elevator, and they just look puzzled.”

Moore was a sociable, too. That’s how they pieced together bits of his history: a stint in the Navy, dispatched to the Philippines; a few years in the Coast Guard. He had worked at a federal warehouse and then for an insurance company, maybe as a janitor. For a man who loved to gab and could delay the mail carrier with a half-hour of football talk, he didn’t share much about himself.

“We knew a little, but there were big gaps in it,” Sheppard said.

Bill Sheppard places cremated remains in a niche following the memorial service for veteran Andrew Moore at Arlington National Cemetery Friday.© Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post Bill Sheppard places cremated remains in a nichefollowing the memorial service for veteran Andrew Moore at Arlington National Cemetery Friday.

He had no family, about that he was clear. He told more than one person that his mother was a Native American who dropped him off at a Catholic orphanage in Omaha.

“I always assumed it was Boys Town,” said Sheppard, 65, who retired young from a career with an international airport vendor.“He was quite proud of it. He said the priests and the nuns taught him discipline.”

Boys Town confirmed that an Andrew Moore with the same birthday lived at the famous facility in 1942 when he was 16, but not for long. “We don’t know much, because he was only with us a month and then he ran away,” said spokeswoman Kara Neuverth.

Moore was in his 70s when Sheppard moved to the building 15 years ago. Moore had a knack for putting strangers at ease, and the two struck up a smokers’ friendship outside the front door. Soon Sheppard was helping his upstairs neighbor make sense of the cable box. They watched a few games together, even though Sheppard is no football fan.

“It was impossible not to like him,” Sheppard said.

Moore’s health faded in recent years, as did his memory. He began to call Nick Addams “Calvin” for unknown reasons.

“I just answered to it,” Addams said with a laugh.

‘We should do something’

After a fall in 2014, Moore spent time in a rehabilitation hospital. Officials there had a court-appointed guardian assigned to him and wanted to move him to a nursing home. But Moore insisted on returning to State House.

“Mr. Moore was a very strong-willed character, and he was having none of it,” said attorney Charles Fitzpatrick, who served as Moore’s guardian. “I was dubious, but I really admired the fact that he was able to do what he wanted to do.”

Moore came back with a walker, always asserting he would soon be done with it. He never walked unaided again, but he did live another eight months on his own.

“This was his home,” Addams said.

When an ambulance pulled up in December, Sheppard immediately thought of Moore. Sure enough, a desk clerk told him Moore had been taken to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. A few days later, a manager told Sheppard he had died of heart failure.

Sheppard and Addams were in the lobby, lamenting the loss of their neighbor. That could have been it. He wasn’t exactly a friend. They didn’t know much about him. It was city living; people come and go.

But they kept thinking of two things: the Navy and the Coast Guard.

“I’m a veteran, too,” said Addams, who served in the Army during the Korean War. “I thought we should do something.”

Addams is also a D.C. tour guide, a retirement gig that has made him very familiar with the rites and rituals of Arlington National Cemetery. He knew that although it was hard to qualify for an Arlington grave, any veteran with someone pushing for him could have his ashes inurned there, with full military honors.

It was an instant plan. Sheppard was the writer, drafting the appeal for funds they would hang on every doorknob in the building. Addams was the paper pusher, digging up Moore’s service record from the Pentagon, navigating the bureaucracies.

“The medical examiner’s office was extremely helpful,” Addams said. When a person there “heard that he was a veteran, she said they could arrange for him to be buried at Quantico. But we were committed to Arlington. There is no place like Arlington.”

Under D.C. law, unclaimed or indigent deceased are cremated at public expense and buried with multiple sets of ashes in a single casket. Veterans, when they are identified, are sent to Quantico National Cemetery. But after a 30-day waiting period, anyone willing to shoulder the expense of burial can arrange to have the body sent to a funeral home.

“It doesn’t happen in a lot of our cases, but we do see the community come together like this, church members, neighbors,” said Jennifer Love, a forensic anthropologist at the agency. “We call it releasing to the ‘next of friend.’ ”

Finally, bearing a letter from the medical examiner’s office explaining how he came to have custody of Moore’s remains, Addams went to Arlington.At first, officials were reluctant to recognize him as the crucial PADD (Person Authorized to Direct Disposition).“I had to ask for a supervisor,” Addams said. “Usually they are talking to a brother or a close friend. I was just the guy down the hall.”

Meanwhile, Sheppard’s solicitations were paying off. Envelopes began to slide under Addams’s door: $5, $20, a few $50s, one check for $250. In all, State House residents gave about $2,000 to honor a man some had never said more than hello to. The pair sent each donor a thank-you note and, when plans were complete, information about the funeral.

They spent about $1,500 on the cremation, a cremation certificate, the death certificate. They will give the leftover money to a veterans group.

They decided not to buy a special urn. Moore wouldn’t have cared about that, they said.

So Friday, with a cool wind whipping across Arlington’s hills, the Stars and Stripes draped the cardboard box containing Moore’s ashes. A Coast Guard honor guard folded the flag with grave precision before handing it to Sheppard. After the ceremony, Addams was given a felt bag containing the 21 shells fired in Moore’s honor.

And as his neighbors — make that his family — looked on, a man who spent his life alone took his place for eternity amid a host of heroes"

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                                      SIX BOYS & 13 HANDS 

 

Each  year I am hired to go to a  Washington , DC , with the eighth grade  class  from  Clinton ,  WI where I grew up, to videotape  their  trip.  I greatly enjoy visiting our Nation's Capital, and each  year I take some special memories back  with me.    This  fall's trip was especially memorable. 
 
On  the last night of our trip, we  stopped at the Iwo Jima  Memorial.  This memorial is the largest  bronze statue in the  world and depicts one of the   most famous photographs in  history -- that of the six brave soldiers  raising  the American Flag at the top of  a rocky hill on the  island of Iwo Jima , Japan,  during WW  II.
 
Over  one hundred  students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed  towards the  memorial.   I noticed  a solitary figure  at the base of the statue,  and as I got closer he asked,   'Where are you guys from?' 

 
I  told him that we were from  Wisconsin .  'Hey, I'm a cheese  head, too! Come  gather around, Cheese heads,  and I will tell  you a story.'
 
(It  was James  Bradley who just happened to be in Washington , DC , to  speak at the  memorial the following day. He  was there that  night to say good night to his  dad, who had passed away. He   was just about to leave when he saw the buses  pull up.    I  videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his   permission to share what he  said from my videotape.   It  is one  thing to tour the incredible  monuments filled with  history in Washington, DC  , but it is quite another to  get the  kind of insight we received that night.)  
 
When  all had  gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his  words  that  night.)
 
'My  name is  James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin . My dad is on  that statue, and I wrote a book  called 'Flags of  Our Fathers'. It  is the story of the six boys  you  see behind me.
 
'Six  boys raised  the flag.   The first guy putting the pole in  the ground  is Harlon Block.    Harlon was an  all-state football player.   He enlisted in the Marine Corps  with all  the senior members of his football  team.    They were off to play another type  of game.   A game called 'War.'   But it didn't turn out  to be a  game.    Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his  intestines  in his hands.   I  don't say that to gross  you out, I say that because there are people who  stand in  front of this statue and talk about the  glory of war.    You  guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima  were 17, 18, and 19 years  old - and it was so hard that the ones who  did  make it home never even would  talk to their families about  it.
 
 (He  pointed to  the statue) 'You see this next guy?   That's  Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took  Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and  looked  in the webbing of that helmet, you would find  a  photograph...a photograph of  his girlfriend Rene put that in there  for  protection because he was  scared.   He was 18  years old.  It was just boys who won the  battle of  Iwo Jima. Boys. Not old men. 
'The  next guy here, the third guy in  this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank.    Mike is my hero.   He  was  the hero of all these guys.  They called him the 'old man' because he  was so  old. He  was  already   24.   When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp,  he  didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's  die for  our country' He knew he  was talking to little boys.    Instead he  would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to  your  mothers.' 
 
'The  last guy on this side of the  statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from  Arizona.    Ira Hayes  was one of them who lived  to walk off Iwo Jima.    He went  into the White House  with my dad.    President Truman told him,  'You're a  hero'.    He told  reporters,  'How can I   feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the  island with me and  only 27 of  us walked off alive?' 
 
So  you take your  class at school, 250 of you spending a year together  having fun,  doing everything  together.   Then all  250 of you hit the beach, but  only 27 of your classmates walk   off alive.   That was Ira Hayes.   He had images  of horror in his  mind.   Ira Hayes carried the  pain  home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down,  drowned in  a very shallow  puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this   picture was  taken).
 
'The  next guy,  going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from  Hilltop, Kentucky.  A fun-lovin' hillbilly   boy.   His best friend, who is now 70,  told me, 'Yeah, you  know, we took two cows up on the porch of the  Hilltop General   Store.   Then we strung wire across the stairs so  the cows  couldn't get  down.   Then we fed them Epsom  salts.   Those cows crapped all night. ' Yes, he  was a  fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on  Iwo Jima at the age of  19.   When  the telegram came to tell his  mother that  he was dead, it went to the Hilltop  General Store.    A  barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's   farm.   The neighbors  could hear her scream all night and  into the  morning.   Those  neighbors lived a quarter  of a mile away.
 
'The  next guy, as  we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John  Bradley,  from Antigo, Wisconsin , where  I was raised.  My  dad lived until  1994,  but  he would never give  interviews.   When Walter  Cronkite's producers  or the New York Times would  call, we were  trained as little kids to say 'No,  I'm sorry, sir, my dad's  not  here.   He is in Canada fishing.   No,  there is no phone there,  sir.    No, we don't   know when he is coming back.'   My dad never fished or  even  went to Canada .    Usually, he was sitting  there right at the table  eating his Campbell's   soup.   But we had to tell the press that he  was out  fishing.   He  didn't want to talk to the  press.
 
'You  see, like  Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a  hero.   Everyone thinks these guys are heroes,   'cause they are in a photo and on a monument.    My dad  knew better.    He was a medic.   John  Bradley  from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver.   On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200  boys as they died.   And  when boys  died on Iwo Jima , they writhed and screamed,   without any medication or help  with the pain.
 
'When  I was a  little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was  a  hero.   When I went  home and told my dad that, he  looked at me and said, 'I want you always to  remember that  the heroes of Iwo Jima are the  guys  who did not come  back.   Did NOT come   back.' 
 
'So  that's the  story about six nice young boys... Three died on Iwo Jima  , and  three came back as national  heroes.     Overall, 7,000 boys died  on Iwo Jima in the worst battle  in  the history of the Marine Corps.    My voice is giving out,  so I will  end here.   Thank you for  your  time.'
 
Suddenly,  the monument  wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag  sticking out of  the top.   It came to  life before  our eyes with the heartfelt words  of a son who did indeed have  a  father who was a hero.   Maybe not a  hero for the  reasons most  people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.
 
Let  us never forget  from the Revolutionary War to the current War on  Terrorism and  all the wars in-between that  sacrifice was made  for our freedom...please pray  for our  troops. 
 
Remember  to pray  praises for this great country of ours and also ...please  pray for our  troops still in murderous  places around the  world. 
 
REMINDER: Every day  that you can wake up free, it's going to be a  great  day. 
 
One  thing I  learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that  is not  mentioned here is . . that if  you look at the statue  very closely and count  the number of 'hands' raising  the flag,  there are 13. When the man who made  the statue was asked why  there  were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the  hand  of  God. 
 
Great  story -  worth your time - worth every American's  time.   
 
Please pass it   on.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Very profound and painful...the horrors of war. Only God knows what these young men went through.  Thanks for sharing this.

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RIP

 

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Your Everyday Freedom Is Paid For By Your Military, Respect That!
 
AND THEY WONDER WHY WE ARE ANGRY?
"A boy named Harold"
This pretty much Summarizes how Obama and most liberals view the US military.
Harold was a bright child. He grew up in America. He went to school and had a bright future ahead of him.
 
Harold was full of life but was cut short in a violent moment. While few people had ever heard of Harold before his death, many did Afterward. And in death, something very shocking happened. What was so shocking, Especially When It Is Compared to the death of someone else recently in the news?
                  
Harold was Harold Greene, Major General, United States Army.
                  
On Aug. 5, 2014, Major General Greene was killed by the Taliban terrorist. He was returned to America with full military honors.
                  
It Has Been a tradition que the president attends the funeral of general and flag officers killed in the line of duty.
 
Richard Nixon Attended the funeral of a Major General killed in Vietnam and George W. Bush Attended the funeral of Lieutenant General Timothy Maude, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks.
 
While Major General Greene was buried, Barack Obama was golfing. The vice president was not there either.Neither was the secretary of defense. Flags Were not even lowered to half staff.https://www.washingtonpost.com/.../obamas-silence ...
                  
Four days after Harold Greene casette his life for America, Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was at best a thug. In the minutes before his death, he committed the robbery at the local convenience store.According to other reports, Brown struck Officer Darren Wilson and orbital bone shattered his.
                  
Obama sent a three-person delegation to Brown's funeral!Obama would not attend the funeral of the highest ranking military officer killed in the line of duty since 9/11, yet he sent a delegation to the funeral of a thug.
                  
When Margaret Thatcher, one of America's staunchest allies and Ronald Reagan's partner in bringing down Soviet communism, died, Obama  sent only a small low-level delegation to her funeral.
                  
The snub was not missed by the British.
                  
When Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history was murdered, there was the expression of sympathy from the White House.
                  
But When Whitney Houston died from drug overdose, Obama ordered all flags be flown at half mast.
                  
There was in the White House delegation at the funeral of an American hero. American heroes die and Obama goes to the golf course. A thug dies and he gets the White House delegation.
                  
In wonder most "REAL" Americans hold Obama in such contempt, Especially members of our Military. He is a sad POTUS and the CIC terrible! And the only difference between Obama and Hillary is que she does not play golf.
 
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