He noted that his wife was also an Army doctor, as is their daughter.
Participation by his family in the military, he said, goes back to the Revolutionary War -- to an ancestor who fought in George Washington’s army for five years after seeing action at Bunker Hill.
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Today’s generation faces religious zealots” who “hate our freedom. It is all too common for criminals -- psychopaths -- to hijack their country.” These criminals, he said, are “murderers and thugs” who “don’t hesitate to lie and break laws. Today, their families will mourn them and honor them, as will I.” He said his family, back through several generations, have served in the military, and that his father, recently deceased, had “a very strong sense of honor when it came to people who served, especially his family.
The Community Choir sings "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at Veterans Memorial Park.