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- Remembering Our Veterans Today and Every Day & Thanking Them for their Service and our Freedom-
 
 
 
 
 
Remarks by Quang Nguyen, a VIETNAMESE IMMIGRANT -- which remarks were sent by a friend who remarks: who observed: 'Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say.  Intro:      On Saturday, July 24th, 2010 the town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted  a  Freedom Rally. Quang  Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and  what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans and all US Veterans.  "

Quoting 
Quang Nguyen:

"35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I'd laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth.  I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you  about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I'd  rather speak to you as an American.

If you hadn’t noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people. I am a proud U.S citizen and here is my proof: It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it, and I am very proud of it

I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy could remember anything.  Trust me, those images can never be erased.  I can't even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf.

35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended  At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again.  I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the U.S. Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California. It was a miracle from God

If you haven't heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now.  It was the freedom and the opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight.  I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong.  I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it.  Well, I took the opportunity and here I am.

This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn't know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head. That was my experience.

In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American To this day, I can't remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life.

Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California. In some way and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I was here.

One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don't know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand. This grown man's eyes began to well up.  I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in my life. I knew something had to change in my life It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back.

You see, America is not just a place on the map, it isn't just a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must accept this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here

Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble  opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can't speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages - last I looked on the Internet, there wasn't a Vietnamese translation of the U.S. Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It's not easy, but if it's too easy, it's not worth doing

Before I knew this 46-page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names inscribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders.

At this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all."
Quang Nguyen, Creative Director/Founder, Caddis Advertising, LLC
"God Bless America"

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from Town of Winchester CT - Assessor's Office->

Below info re tax relief programs for Sr Citizens and disabled (more for veterans also available from Tax Assessor) is from town website at: https://www.townofwinchester.org/tax-assessor/pages/tax-relief-plans

Tax Relief Plans

The Town of Winchester now offers 3 basic plans for taxpayers 65 and over and totally disabled persons, and an additional program for 70-year olds. (from Editor: The town also offers Veterans tax relief programs; call or visit Tax Assessor for more info on these programs.)

1ST PROGRAM:

The town and state credit is a sliding scale based on income. The State of Connecticut contributes part of the credit and the Town provides the other part. In order to continue receiving tax credit benefits for elderly, under state law, you or someone appointed by, must fill out the enclosed application and return it to this office no later than May 15, 2018.

To remain on this program, you must file in accordance with the instructions on the application. You are required to submit proof of your income. This proof is based on your 2017 income consisting of a copy of your Federal Income Tax Return, bank statements showing interest earned, dividend statements, and statements from Social Security (form SSA-1099). These requirements must be met in order to continue on the program.

2ND PROGRAM:

An additional program is a Tax Deferral Program where real estate owners must qualify by income and age requirements and be owner occupied for 3 or more years. The homeowner is eligible to defer up to 75% of their taxes. Taxes will be paid back to the Town when your home is sold or title is transferred to someone else. Although the Town will place a lien on the Land Records, this is an INTEREST FREE lien, and simply means that the Town is entitled to reimbursement the day the property is sold. The advantage to you in selecting this program is especially attractive for those who wish to have more cash flow and be able to meet their living expenses or have extra money to invest for the future, travel, or have a better quality of life. Keep in mind that this is an INTEREST FREE lien. Please contact our office for an application if you wish to apply for this benefit. Income Requirements: Check with the Assessor at  (860) 379-5461. Office hours are Mon-Weds 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday 8:00  -7:00 pm, and Friday 8:00am - noon.

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Note: If you do NOT apply, you will never know if you are entitled to local property tax relief! - Editor, WinstedNews.com   

 

 

 

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Norfolk News (a real neat site!): http://www.nornow.org/

Beardsley Library: http://www.beardsleylibrary.org/

 

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Gilbert School: http://www.gilbertschool.org/

NW Region 7 School:  http://www.nwr7.com/

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