Travis Grantham: Remembering America’s Bravest

On this Memorial Day, words are insufficient to express the gratitude for those who have selflessly served and sacrificed so we can live free in our Republic.

Let us remember that although today is a special day set aside to honor all past, present and future heroes, we should have them in our prayers every day.

Thank you to the families who endure the difficult task bestowed upon them of ensuring home life’s normalcy when members are separated. Whether you and yours gather today honoring a loved one who is currently serving or you spend today missing a loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice, we thank you.

Not only is today a day to observe America’s true heroes, it is a day to celebrate the fact that America is a nation filled with selfless patriots. They are the backbone of America’s exceptionalism. They are America’s bravest.

May God bless and protect them all,

Travis Grantham

David Schweikert on Memorial Day

Friends,

As we take time to spend with friends and family this Memorial Day, please join me in pausing briefly to remember all of the servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We should also take a moment to thank all of the Americans who have and are currently serving in our nation’s military.

It is because of their collective commitment to our country that we enjoy freedom others can only dream of.

With appreciation to those who make sacrifices for all of us,

CD-9 Martin Sepulveda releases Memorial Day Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmal0E2sSLY

To sign the online petition supporting Veterans, click here.

Rep. David Schweikert Honors Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement in honor of Memorial Day:

“This weekend, we honor every member of the United States Armed Services who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.

“Those who served, fought, and did not come home–they are our best and bravest. May we always be proud to be American because of these patriots.

“Joyce and I pay tribute to these heroes and realize our thanks will never truly be enough.”

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Governor Jan Brewer Statement on Arizona’s 100th Birthday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2012
CONTACT: Dockendorff

Wishing Arizona a Happy Centennial

“On February 14, 2012, Arizona will celebrate the most historic and significant milestone of its statehood.

“It’s hard to believe it has been exactly one century since President Taft’s signature declared Arizona the 48th and last contiguous state in the Union. Many people doubted that our remote Western territory would ever grow into a thriving state – renowned for its cultural and natural beauty, high quality of life and remarkable economic and educational opportunities.

“But if one thing is certain, it is that Arizonans are determined. Our people are Western strong. With the Centennial upon us, let us proudly celebrate the obstacles we have overcome, the progress we have made and the opportunities we have created over the past 100 years. Let us also celebrate the years still to come. There is a bright future that awaits.

“May God continue to bless and protect you and your families, our 100-year-old State of Arizona and the United States of America.”

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Arizona Republican Party Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2012

PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey issued the following statement regarding today’s commemoration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of this nation’s most significant Civil Rights leader, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. It was the Dr. King who proclaimed his vision in his August, 1963 ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, that America would someday become a nation where individuals would no longer be judged based on the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

“Today we commemorate Dr. King’s life and vision by continuing to strive for justice and equal opportunity for every American. While America is clearly a better country due to Dr. King, the work of forming a ‘more perfect union’ remains an unending and unwavering aspiration. We must remain vigilant and committed to resisting and stopping prejudice, hate and injustice that unfortunately remains present in certain segments of society.”

“As Republicans, we strongly affirm that America must be a nation where ‘liberty and justice’ reigns for all. Let us honor the memory of Dr. King, by recommitting ourselves to his vision of a land where freedom forever rings.”

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Merry Christmas!

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

~ Luke 2:1-20 (KJV)

On behalf of all our writers, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Rep. Schweikert Office to Collect Toys for Hospital Pediatric Unit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert and his staff are now collecting toys for Scottsdale Healthcare Shea’s Pediatric Unit. The toys will be given as Christmas gifts to children who are hospitalized.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Donate new, unwrapped toys to stock the toy closet for Christmas.

WHERE: Drop off all donations at Rep. Schweikert’s Scottsdale office:

10603 North Hayden Rd, Suite 108
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

WHEN: Donations are due to Rep. Schweikert’s office by Monday, December 19th at 4:00 p.m. MT.

SUGGESTED DONATIONS: Dora the Explorer, Elmo, Polly Pocket, Spiderman, Sponge Bob, Transformers and other items
Balls
Board games
Puzzles (24-48 piece)
Activity/art kits
Coloring books
Matchbox cars
Remote control cars
Barbie and other dolls
Dress up clothes
Light up toys for infants
For teens: footballs, bath/shower gel, electronic handheld games, makeup, etc.

*NOTE: Stuffed animals MUST be new with tags attached.*

Congressman Schweikert will visit Scottsdale Healthcare Shea’s Pediatric Unit to hand out toys at a Christmas celebration on Tuesday, December 20th.

BACKGROUND: Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center has the Northeast Valley’s only hospital with a dedicated pediatric unit, pediatric intensive care and pediatric ER. The 28-bed pediatric inpatient unit offers care for children ages infant through 18.

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Gov. Brewer Commends U.S. District Court for Dismissal of “Arizona Day of Prayer” Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2011
CONTACT: Matthew Benson

PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer today lauded the U.S. District Court’s decision to throw out a lawsuit brought against her for commemorating an Arizona Day of Prayer.

The suit was lodged in March 2010 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The out-of-state group challenged the constitutionality of the Governor’s Arizona Day of Prayer proclamations in 2009 and 2010, as well as a separate Day of Prayer proclamation issued for the state budget on January 17, 2010.

The U.S. District Court today granted Governor Brewer’s motion for dismissal on the grounds that the Freedom from Religion Foundation failed to demonstrate injury and, therefore, lacked standing to sue.

Statement by Governor Brewer:

“I commend the U.S. District Court for dismissing this baseless lawsuit for what it is – a futile attempt to stifle an American right and tradition. This was not the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s first failed attempt to put an end to recognized days of voluntary prayer, and it may not be its last. But citizens of every race, background and creed have been coming together in voluntary prayer since our nation’s founding, and will continue to do so against this organization’s best efforts. I thank the Court for allowing Arizona to continue commemorating this important right and custom.” 

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Superintendent John Huppenthal Announces Initiative to Promote Civic Literacy for Arizona Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2011
CONTACT: Andrew LeFevre

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal Announces Initiative to Promote Civic Literacy for Arizona Students
ADE to Spearhead New “American Heritage – Arizona Centennial Initiative”

Phoenix, AZ, December 7, 2011– Today, on the 70th anniversary of the attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal announced a new Arizona Department of Education Initiative designed to help Arizona’s children learn about their rights, roles and responsibilities as American citizens. The new “American Heritage – Arizona Centennial Initiative” will help strengthen our students’ civic literacy as American citizens and learn about Arizona’s unique heritage and the important role that our veterans have played in securing our precious freedoms.

“As Americans, we enjoy our freedom and the rule of law through the visionary documents that our Founding Fathers created,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. “As educators, we play a special role in helping our children learn about their rights, roles and responsibilities as American citizens. This is critical to helping each generation sustain and strengthen these values that define the United States.”

This new initiative of the Superintendent’s Office will launch in 2012 in conjunction with Arizona’s Centennial and will bring the tools and resources together for our state’s teachers and schools to highlight important historical and civic concepts during their normal course lessons and will help bring the unique perspectives of our nation’s veterans into the classroom.

In support of the Superintendent’s “American Heritage – Arizona Centennial Initiative,” the Arizona Department of Education will:

  • Create a dedicated page on its website to host partner information and resources that schools can use for lesson plans, curriculum and veteran classroom or assembly visits
  • Design and distribute via electronic media materials for schools to use in conjunction with the Centennial celebration
  • Produce and host on the website video messages from the Superintendent, veterans and historians that can be shown in schools and classrooms
  • Identify opportunities for veterans to be brought into schools and classrooms to speak to students

Opportunities to Participate in the American Heritage – Arizona Centennial Initiative:

February 14 – Arizona’s Centennial
February 20 – Presidents Day
May 1 – Loyalty Day
May 28 – Memorial Day
September 17 – Constitution Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
December 7 – Pearl Harbor Day
December 15 – Bill of Rights Day 

“The Joe Foss Institute is proud to be a part of this initiative,” declared Arizona based Joe Foss Institute (JFI) CEO Lucian Spataro, Jr., Ph. D. “JFI offers a living ‘history’ experience by sending Veterans into schools to interact with students, share their stories, teach about public service and each students’ responsibility to be good citizens. Our goal through this program and our online curriculum is to assist educators in teaching the basic foundation of how our government works and an appreciation for the uniqueness of our freedoms.”

“One of the primary reasons for Arizonans to commemorate our state’s centennial is to provide an opportunity for all to reflect on those who tirelessly gave of their time and service to help Arizona become the 48th state,” said Karen Churchard, executive director of the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation. “This exciting American Heritage – Arizona Centennial Initiative is a tremendous opportunity to create civic pride in our young people – and teach them the valuable lesson of giving back since they are the future! I applaud Superintendent Huppenthal for this initiative, which furthers our educational efforts for the Arizona Centennial.”

“I strongly encourage all Arizona schools to view 2012, and those days identified, as an opportunity for their students to learn more about the United State’s great heritage, Arizona’s wonderful history, and the brave legacy of the men and women who have served in our military,” concluded Superintendent Huppenthal.

John Huppenthal was sworn in as Arizona’s 19th Superintendent of Public Instruction on January 4, 2011. During his 26 years in public service, he has established himself as one of Arizona’s leading education reformers. As a state legislator, he successfully authored and passed over 200 bills, more bills than any other legislator in state history. A substantial number of those bills focused on improving education. For each of his 18 years in the state legislature, Huppenthal either served on or chaired education committees, most recently as the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

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