VFW Post 4105 hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Mayor Thomas P. Schneider gave the keynote address at the VFW Post 4105 ceremony on September 11, 2012 at 410 Rue St. Francois to reflect on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by terrorists. VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Wanda Dudley and Post 4105 Commander Dick Ellwanger invited Mayor Schneider to be the featured speaker at this solemn occasion.
All of the veteran and service organizations in the Florissant area were represented at this event. The Florissant, Hazelwood and St. Louis County Police Departments and the Florissant Valley and Black Jack Fire Departments were sent special invitations to attend to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice their New York comrades made that day.
“Our most dangerous foe for the past 236 years has almost always been tyranny in one form of another,” Schneider said.
“Tyranny is the opposite of tolerance. We have prevailed over Tyranny’s Dictators who have embraced Monarchy, Fascism, Communism and Anarchism. Today we continue the process of standing up to Tyrants who embrace terrorism, intolerance, blackmail, and any other dastardly means to oppose us,” Schneider continued.
“We will prevail, for we are a noble and loyal friend, but we have proven to be a brutal and determined foe. Just ask any Soldier, Marine, Sailor, or Airman what I’m talking about.”
Commander Gary Claspille from the American Legion Post 444 presented Mayor Schneider with a check for $5,000 to benefit Iraq Veteran and Florissant Police Officer Michael Vernon and his family.
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