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A disabled Veteran kneels in Prayer at the location of a removed Monument. His Grandsons flank his sides. Click to enlarge.

A disabled Veteran kneels in Prayer at the location of a removed Monument. His Grandsons flank his sides. Click to enlarge.



The following came to me via a comment on the 1st Battle of King blog. I chose not to publish it in its entirety as a comment, but felt it deserved its OWN separate posting.      



In August of 2003, the Mayor of King, two city staff members, and five American Legion members commissioned a committee to create a process by which King could have a memorial to recognize members of our community who have served in the armed forces. The Veterans Memorial Committee distributed information about the project to businesses, the chamber of commerce, and local churches as well as placing ads in local newspapers; banners were created and used in parades, festivals and fairs; and a scale model of the project, which included miniature reproductions of 11 flags—along with applications for the purchase of memorial pavers—was placed in various settings throughout King for the public to see.

The presence of a Christian flag in the mock-up of the Memorial offended no one.

While the original estimate on the Memorial’s construction was $100,000, once bids came in, Magnolia Construction won the bid with a price of $278,000. Work began about 2 months after the bid was finalized and was completed in 4 months and within budget.

At the Memorial’s dedication, on November 11, 2004, the Christian flag offended no one.

As of June 30, 2008, per the City of King, total expenditures for the project totaled roughly $390,000.

Of that total, $226,941 in revenues and services had been DONATED by this community for the construction of THEIR Veterans Memorial.

The Stokes County Arts Council, whose programs for Stokes County citizens create shared and lasting experiences that connect participants to their heritage, commissioned Calloway’s Welding to create a statue of a soldier kneeling before a cross, mourning a fallen brother-in-arms; once completed, it too was placed at the Memorial.

The Christian flag flew and the fallen soldier statue stood at the Veterans Memorial where they offended no one for YEARS, until an anonymous person, in July of 2010, claimed Constitutional offense and demanded they be removed, or else…

The Declaration of Independence states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Article I, Section 13 of the North Carolina Constitution recognizes that ‘All persons have a natural and inalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and that no human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.’

Our Constitution is a legal document. It is 237 years old. And the ‘promise’ of that document to us hasn’t changed. Not once.

There HAVE been efforts to crush the words and the will of We the people. When it happened here in King, it began with an anonymous phone call to the city manager in July of 2010. The caller objected to the Christian Flag Display at the Veterans Memorial because he believed that the City’s display of the banner excluded and demeaned his religious beliefs and those of other veterans. On August 2nd, the City Council voted unanimously to allow the flag to remain, and the anonymous complainant took his offensive the next step by contacting the ALCU, who in turn, sent their August 16th cease and desist letter to the City of King.

In a September 15th split-vote, the City Council decided to remove the flag upon the advice of the City attorney, “citing the enormous cost associated with fighting a potential law suit on the issue.” The September 16, 2010 removal of the Christian flag from the Veterans Memorial occurred—not because one person no longer wanted it there—but because he had known precisely who to contact in order to bully the city government of a small town into submission. The ACLU’s demand for the Christian flag’s removal from the Memorial, or have the City face a lawsuit that could financially cripple the small township, is tried-and-true ACLU harassment.

On September 17, the still-anonymous complainant sent a statement to FOX News stating he had anonymously filed complaints with the ACLU and AU because, “…regardless the form of government, it has no right to impose any type of religious belief upon its population.” He noted, “I did so anonymously to avoid ridicule from both the public and the type presented by our City Council members.”

And what was the ridicule the anonymous person believed he had been subjected to? Prayer. The City Council members had prayed for him, and the citizens of King and Stokes County had prayed for him because, as Christians, we are taught to pray for everyone, even those who would be our enemy. Our prayers for another American, especially a veteran—whether he shares our spiritual beliefs or NOT—is hardly a method of ridicule: it is doing the right thing even when it isn’t expected… it’s called common decency.

During his statement to FOX News, the anonymous man became “Steve” and stated that he ALSO planned to file a complaint with the ACLU about a statue at the memorial which depicted a soldier kneeling next to a cross. In that instant, “Steve’s” assault upon how this community chose to honor its veterans and beloved war-dead, became an attack upon all who bravely and selflessly serve to protect this Republic–past, present and future.

Within hours of “Steve’s” September 17th declaration, this community stood up, as one people, and pledged to defend both their Veterans Memorial AND their God-given right to freedom OF religious expression. The first of 3 Facebook pages, “Return the Christian Flag to King,” began on September 19th; the first call for community members to assemble in prayer at the Memorial occurred on the 20th; and by the 21st, a legal and peaceful protest by area Veterans and the Stokes County Militia had begun. Local protesters embraced all-comers… Veterans, citizens, clergy and bikers… Rolling Thunder, the Patriot Guard and American Legion riders… Christians, Jews, Agnostics and Atheists… Black, White, the very old, the very fragile, the very poorest and the very wealthiest among us. They all came. And on October 23rd, 5000 of these same people marched and rode in support of religious freedom at our Veterans Memorial.

The peoples’ peaceful protest that began because of an anonymous claim of Constitutional injury, lasted, uninterrupted, for 103 days and nights… until the Christian flag was returned to its pole at the Memorial on January 3rd, 2011. The Limited Public Forum– a lottery, of sorts – established in an effort to appease “Steve’s” claim that only Christians in the community had a voice at the Memorial, allowed persons living in King, or who had a family member memorialized on a quarry tile at the Memorial, to submit an application for their emblem of belief to be flown for 1 week in honor of their Veteran. Over 70 applications were received, and “Steve” submitted 5 applications himself, one each on behalf of several family members who had served in the military. On each submission, he chose the Christian flag, despite the fact that ‘approved’ flags for the lottery included all that are recognized by the US Dept of Veterans Affairs—and there’s 58 of them. For “Steve” to claim unconstitutionality of Christian symbols at a Veterans Memorial, then, request that a Christian symbol fly in honor of Veterans in his own family, simply made no sense. He later claimed that he only listed the Christian flag for each application because he feared that City officials would reject his applications if he sought to fly anything else.

“Steve” feared that City officials, those same people who had dared to pray for him, would sabotage him… and him a Veteran, one of the hundreds of Veterans the Memorial in King was meant to honor!

Despite an eventual claim from him that the Limited Public Forum process was also unconstitutional, “Steve” continued his yearly participation in the lottery. Regular complaints to the media continued, as well, until we learned in November of 2012 that a lawsuit had been filed by Americans United on his behalf against the City of King. On February 20, 2013, The American Legion and American Legion Post 290 in King petitioned for permissive intervention in the civil case. As members of the Veterans Memorial Committee, they had an obligation to stand with the City of King; but, more importantly, they had the right to have THEIR voices heard. Just as each of US has the right to have OUR voices heard.

Christian faith in the lives of the majority of King and Stokes County residents is absolute; it is NOT a sometimes-faith, nor is it a faith-of-convenience. In this county, there are more than 80 churches spread across 452 square miles of a mostly-rural landscape. That equates to a place of worship every 5.2 miles for approximately 47,400 people [per the 2010 United States Census.] In the same way “Steve’s” complaint was not going to change the physical landscape or the religious demographics of this county, The Limited Public Forum, no matter how well intended, was never going to satisfy the ACLU or the AU. These organizations, for whom no religious tolerance exists, want anything that even appears to infer some relation to Christianity, on public land, completely removed.

Which brings us back to the fallen soldier statue.

Since 1775, millions of Americans have served in this nation’s military. The cross is a universally recognized grave marker. It indicates the burial place of fallen brothers in arms and thus, is a sacred marker upon thousands of our servicemen and women’s graves. Laid out in perfect symmetry across acres and acres of the earth, in this nation and abroad, honoring the sacrifice of Americans who fought oppression at the hands of dictators, these FIELDS of crosses remain sacred ground…for all persons of conscience, regardless their religious beliefs.

The metal statue we’re missing today was of a cross upon a grave, with a soldier kneeling on one knee, a cold rifle in his hand and his head bowed in grief with a welder’s permanence. THAT image represented THIS community’s recognition, appreciation and reverence for the sacrifices of those who gave all for the preservation of this Republic. Its removal in January undermined our ancestors’ AND OUR fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; its removal denied us and our children the assurance that all men are still created equal; and its removal taunts us with the PROMISE that, unless we take a stand now and say no more, those unalienable rights we were endowed with by our Creator WILL continue to be set aside—town by town– by the same deep-pocketed, special interest groups who demanded we in King must do what one person demands or else! The agnosticizing of our great Republic must stop now.


Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Eighth Day of February in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.

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As we come to a close of Black History Month here in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen, I’d like to share some Future History Makers with you.

Mr. CJ Pearson & Mr. Markeece Young. Two outstanding young Men of Character!

A 3 minute message from CJ.


And a quote from Markeece.

Click for a larger image.

Click for a larger image.

And it is National Brotherhood Week too! Double Bonus!

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Click to enlarge.




Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Third Day of February in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.

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A Soldier’s Christmas




A Soldier’s Christmas    

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
in perfect contentment, or so it would seem.
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
and I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.



Soldiers in snow American Revolution, Peter George, 1920

Soldiers in snow American Revolution, Peter George, 1920



“What are you doing?” I asked without fear
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,
to the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night”

“Its my duty to stand at the front of the line,
that separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,”
then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘Nam
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red white and blue… an American flag.

“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home,
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat,
I can carry the weight of killing another
or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers
who stand at the front against any and all,
to insure for all time that this flag will not fall.”




“So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
“Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone.
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
to know you remember we fought and we bled
is payment enough, and with that we will trust.
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

Michael Marks – December 7th, 2000


Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Fifth Day of December in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen. Merry Christmas to all, Peace, and  Goodwill towards men.

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Our 2014 Fallen Heroes

As of the posting of this blog, December 16, 2014,  we have lost 58 Men & Women this year in the War on Terror. This is my little tribute to these American Heroes.

2 more lost on 12/12/14 – Total is 60 now


The 58 Men & Women who paid the Ultimate price for your Freedoms.

The 58 Men & Women who paid the Ultimate price for your Freedoms.

January 2014 –

7 Lost Heroes

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli January 20, 2014 – 42, of Monterey, Calif.

Army Spc. Andrew H. Sipple January 17, 2014 – 22, of Cary, N.C.

Army Staff Sgt. Daniel T. Lee January 15, 2014 – 28, of Crossville, Tenn.

Wyoming Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew L. McAdams January 10, 2014 – 27, of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Army Sgt. Drew M. Scobie January 10, 2014- 25, of Kailua, Hawaii;

Army Sgt. 1st Class William K. Lacey January 4, 2014 – 38, of Laurel Hill, Fla.

Marine Sgt. Jacob M. Hess January 1, 2014 – 22, of Spokane, Wash.


February 2014 –

7 Lost Heroes

Marine Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson February 28, 2014 – 20, of Waseca, Minn.

Air Force Master Sgt. David L. Poirier February 28, 2014 – 52, of North Smithfield, R.I.

Marine Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian February 15, 2014 – 36, of Paducah, Ky.

Army Spc. John A. Pelham February 12, 2014 – 22, of Portland, Oregon.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Roberto C. Skelt February 12, 2014 – 41, of York, Fla.

Army Pfc. Joshua A. Gray February 10, 2014 – 21, of Van Lear, Ky.

Army Spc. Christopher A. Landis February 10, 2014 – 27, of Independence, Ky.

March 2014 – No Reported Casualties


April 2014 –

4 Lost Heroes

Army Spc. Christian J. Chandler April 28, 2014 – 20, of Trenton, Texas.

Army Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II April 28, 2014 – 24, of Accord, N.Y.

Army Spc. Kerry M.G. Danyluk April 12, 2014 – 27, of Cuero, Texas;

Army Capt. James E. Chaffin III April 1, 2014 – 27, of West Columbia, S.C.

May 2014 –


5 Lost Heroes

Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra May 28, 2014 – 21, of Thornton, Colo.

Army Spc. Adrian M. Perkins May 17, 2014 – 19, of Pine Valley, Calif.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras May 13, 2014 – 49, of Tucson, Ariz.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Deric M. Rasmussen May 11, 2014 – 33, of Oceanside, Calif.,

Army Spc. Daniela Rojas May 3, 2014 – 19, of Los Angeles, Calif.


June 2014 –


13 Lost Heroes
Marine Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer June 25, 2014 – 23, of New Braunfels, Texas;

Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant June 20, 2014 – 19, of Peterborough, N.H.,

Marine Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart June 20, 2014 – 34, of Stafford, Va.

Marine Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff June 20, 2014 – 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Navy Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco June 19, 2014 – 23, of Parma, Ohio

Army Cpl. Justin R. Clouse June 9, 2014 – 22, of Sprague, Wash.

Army Spc. Justin R. Helton June 9, 2014 – 25, of Beaver, Ohio,

Army Spc. Terry J. Hurne June 9, 2014 – 34, of Merced, Calif.

Army Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald June 9, 2014 – 28, of Butler, Ga.

Army Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund June 9, 2014 – 24, of Pasadena, Calif.

Army Pvt. Aaron S. Toppen June 9, 2014 – 19, of Mokena, Ill.

Army Pfc. Matthew H. Walker June 5, 2014- 20, of Hillsboro, Mo.

Army Capt. Jason B. Jones June 2, 2014 – 29, of Orwigsburg, Pa.

July 2014 –

3 Lost Heroes

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton Jr. July 24, 2014 – 20, of Kenosha, Wis.

Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange July 24, 2014 – 30, of Hickman, Neb.

Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams July 24, 2014 – 19, of Visalia, Calif.

August 2014 –


5 Lost Heroes
Army Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley August 22, 2014 – 26, of Eureka, Calif.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett August 20, 2014 – 39, of Ruskin, Florida.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston August 12, 2014 – 35, of Houston, Texas.

Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene August 5, 2014 – 55, of Schenectady, N.Y.

Army Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr. August 3, 2014 – 33, of Lumber Bridge, N.C.


September 2014 –

5 Lost Heroes
Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers September 30, 2014 – 30, of DeRidder, Louisiana.

Navy Lt. j.g. Stephen Byus September 16, 2014 – 39, of Columbus, Ohio.

Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue September 16, 2014 41, of Columbus, Ohio,

Marine Sgt. Charles C. Strong September 15, 2014 – 28, of Suffolk, Va.

Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault September 4, 2014 – 28, of Northborough, Mass.

October 2014 –


4 Lost Heroes
Navy Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut October 24, 2014 – 49, of Oceanside, Calif.

Marine Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal October 23, 2014 – 19, of Riverside, California.

Marine Cpl. Jordan L. Spears October 1, 2014 – 21, of Memphis, Indiana.

Army Maj. Jonathan D. Walker October 1, 2014 – 44, of Merriam, Kansas.

November 2014 –


3 Lost Heroes
Army Spc. Joseph W Riley November 24, 2014 – 27, of Grove City, Ohio

Army Sgt. Maj Wardell Turner November 24, 2014 – 48, of Nanticoke, Md.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart November 14, 2014 – 31, of Bay City, Mich.

December 2014 (Thru 12/20) –


4 Lost Heroes (UPDATED: 2 more lost on Dec. 12th)

Army Spc. Wyatt J. Martin December 12, 2014 – 22, of Mesa, Ariz

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris December 12, 2014 – 37, of New York, N.Y.

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman December 3, 2014 – 29, of Noblesville, Ind

Air Force Capt. William H. Dubois December 1, 2014 – 30, of New Castle, Colo.




Source of the above list.    



Somberly submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Sixteenth Day of December in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen.

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This morning on Fox & Friends, NC mother Pattie Curran was interviewed. Her 2 boys have a Rare Bone Marrow disease and she explains how her ‘Out Of Pocket’ prescription costs have sky-rocketed.




Here’s a link to this mornings segment on Fox & Friends.





She also has a piece published in the Washington Times 

       As the mother of two chronically ill children, I have long faced high health care costs. My sons suffer from a rare bone-marrow failure syndrome called Shwachman-Diamond syndrome and have secondary mitochondrial disease that requires treatment with a broad range of expensive medications. We averaged $10,000 to $12,000 a year in billed out-of-pocket medical expenses before Obamacare became law. In 2013, we incurred just over $27,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses. President Obama’s signature piece of legislation has more than doubled our yearly medical costs.


And remember to FIRE KAY HAGAN this November!

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fifth Day of October in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen.

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Today we salute YOU Mr. Bone Marrow Donor.

Real American Heroes!

Cameron Lyle Univ. of New Hampshire Track & Field. Click to enlarge.

Cameron Lyle – Univ. of New Hampshire Track & Field. Click to enlarge.


Since the tragic events in Boston, the only news we have heard lately is bad news. A story coming out of New Hampshire will hopefully change that.

Cameron Lyle, a senior track and field athlete from the University of New Hampshire, will miss the rest of his career after deciding to donate bone marrow to an anonymous donor later this month.

Back in his sophomore year of college, Lyle along with other UNH athletes participated in a drive on campus to join the national bone marrow registry. After having his mouth swabbed, Lyle did not think anything of the event and went about his collegiate career on the track team, throwing the discus, shot put and hammer.

It wasn’t until Lyle received a phone call from National Marrow Donor Program a few months ago that things started to change. They informed him during that initial phone call that he was a possible match for someone. A few weeks later, the organization called back and told Cameron that he was a 100 percent match. Lyle decided that he would donate his bone marrow which ended his career at New Hampshire.

“They told me it was a one in five million chance of me being a match for a non-family member,” Lyle told the Eagle Tribune. “They gave me the timeline and everything’s been moving quickly after that.”

After Lyle has the surgery, he will not be able to lift 20 pounds over his head for a few weeks. With that limitation, Cameron will be not able to throw the discus, hammer and shot put. He was scheduled to compete in two more meets this season including the America East championship. But Lyle knew the decision he would make.

“I knew right away I was definitely going to donate. I was pretty terrified at first but it is starting to settle in.”

Lyle’s bone marrow will be going to a 28-year-old male who is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Lyle and the anonymous recipient must remain unknown to one another due to law.

“He has six months to live and I have the possibility to buy him a couple of more years,” said Lyle about the recipient of his bone marrow. 

The toughest person Lyle had to tell about his decision was his track and field coach at New Hampshire Jim Boulanger.

“I felt like I was walking into the principal’s office had done something wrong,” Lyle thought about telling his coach. Much to Lyle’s happiness, his coach was behind him.

“I told him, you either do 12 throws at the conference championships, or you give another man a few more years,” Boulanger said. “It was easy for me.”

The surgery is set for April 24 and Lyle is ready. His mother, Christine Sciacca, will be going with him to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for the procedure. Lyle looks forward to possibly meeting the man he is helping.

“I’d love to meet him some day,” Lyle said. “He’s not that much older than myself. I just can’t imagine what he’s going through.”

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Thirtieth Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Thirteen.

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Benefit for Deputy John Buonadonna

of the Durham County

Sheriff’s Department.

When: Saturday April 27, 2013 11:00am – 7:00pm

Where: Charlie’s Pub & Grille

758 Ninth Street

Durham, NC 27705

Pre-sale tickets available at Charlie’s. Telephone (919) 286-4446   

Click on the flyer for the full size / printable version.

Click on the flyer for the full size / printable version.

And here are a few photos I stole from his Facebook page. I hope he doesn’t mind.

Deputy John playing Santa Claus during the Bahama  Christmas Parade.

Deputy John playing Santa Claus during the Bahama Christmas Parade.

Just John

Just John

John and the Blue Devil.

John and the Blue Devil.

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Tenth Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Thirteen.

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