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    WalletHub is ranking 2017’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems.   According to the ranking, Massachusetts topped the list with New Jersey and New Hampshire rounding out the top three.  West Virginia, New Mexico and Louisiana are home to the three worst school systems in the U.S.  Florida ranks in the middle of the pack at number 21.  Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Florida could improve its standing by increasing the graduation rate. “Right now, we’re seeing about a 22-percent dropout rate.  That’s pretty high.  Average is more like 12-to-15-percent,” said Gonzalez. Florida also lags behind most states for its student-to-teacher ratio. “For every 15 students, there is one teacher.  Typically, the sweet spot here is more like 12-to-13 students per teacher,” said Gonzalez.  According to the report, only 85-percent of Florida’s teachers are certified or licensed.  Gonzalez says the national average is closer to 95-percent.
  • A non-partisan ethics watchdog group is calling for a House investigation into an IT staffer working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) who was arrested last week trying to leave the country. Imran Awan was arrested at Washington Dulles International Airport as he tried to fly to Pakistan.  Awan was arrested and charged with bank fraud. The investigation began earlier this year.  In February, Awan was banned from accessing the House computer system.  At the time, Awan worked for several Democrat members of Congress. Within days, all but Wasserman Schultz had fired him.  Awan wasn’t fired by Wasserman Schultz until the day he was arrested. Now, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The group’s executive director says he wants answers.  “What was he doing if he couldn’t work on the IT system, since he was barred from accessing it,” asked Matt Whitaker.   Whitaker says he thinks it will be a very simple investigation. “This looked like a kind of classic example of where an employee was in a member of Congress’s office, in this case, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and that employee was not doing any work,” said Whitaker. From here, the Office of Congressional Ethics can recommend the case to a House committee which could force Wasserman Schultz to testify under oath. “I hope the congresswoman is truthful when she’s interviewed on this, and others in her office, to really explain why it appears taxpayer money was wasted,” said Whitaker.  
  • If you thought the snakes in Florida were too much to handle, get a load of this. It’s video shot from inside the 9 News in Darwin, Australia.  The video shows a woman calmly pulling a python from behind her desktop computer speakers on her desk. The video has gone viral.  It’s been shared by multiple media outlets across the world, viewed and shared hundreds of thousands of times. Reporter Kate Limon recorded the snake removal earlier this week. The next time you get squeamish about a snake in your backyard, just be thankful you didn’t find it on your desk at work.
  • The state of Florida is making changes to its driver license and identification card. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin issuing the new cards in August. Aside from a different look, the state says the new cards will provide double the fraud protections to Floridians who carry it. Not all counties will begin issuing the card at the same time.  Volusia County will be the first county to have the new ID’s available beginning August 21. A week later, Okalosa, Leon, Duval, Brevard, Manatee, Lee and Broward counties will begin issuing the new cards. By the end of the year, Floridians will be able to get the new license online. 
  • In several documents filed and unsealed Monday in Orlando federal court, new details have come to light in the case against the widow of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. Noor Salman, who is being charged with helping her husband plan and carry out the Pulse attack that left 49 dead and dozens injured, has been in jail since being arrested in California on Jan. 16. In a document filed under seal on Friday and unsealed Monday, Salman’s attorneys said she had been informed on July 10, that she would no longer receive Social Security payments. Due to her lack of income, Salman asked the court to approve funding for a computer forensics expert. As part of the filing, Salman’s attorneys also asked for an 8-week extension for the expert to complete a report on data obtained by law enforcement. The data includes forensic images of three computers, four cellphones, an Apple iPad Mini, flash drives, 12 computer disks and a 38,000-page PDF file containing the complete contents of Salman’s Facebook account. The deadline for the expert report is Aug. 1, which isn’t enough time, Salman’s attorneys argued, pointing out that prosecutors had the information for more than seven months. The defense expert received the data on June 5, and reported back to Salman’s attorneys on June 15, that it would take him about 250 hours to process it all and complete his report. The Friday filing sought the funds to pay computer forensics expert Joshua Horowitz and the extra time needed for him to complete his analysis. The court filing did not say how much Horowitz would be paid. The judge approved the extension Monday and ordered the defense to give status updates every 30 days once the funding for Horowitz's work is approved. A final report on the computer forensics analysis was ordered to be filed no more than 60 days after the funding is approved. The time and funds are necessary for Salman’s defense and without them, her attorneys said they would not be able to defend her appropriately. “Only allowing for (now) less than two weeks for forensic review of the electronic discovery is impossible,” Friday’s filing said.
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is urging Floridians to make sure their vehicle is not included in the massive Takata airbag recall. Stephen Ridella with NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation says Florida is considered a “high priority” area for the recall.  He says Florida’s heat and humidity can hasten the degrading of materials inside the airbag causing them to fail sooner.   Ridella says Florida drivers shouldn’t have any problem finding the parts for the necessary repairs.   “Here in Florida parts are available 100%.  People can take their vehicles in and get a free replacement of their Takata inflator in their vehicle,” said Ridella.    You can check to see if your vehicle is included in the recall by clicking HERE.
  • Police officers have a tough job.  They put their lives in danger every day protecting citizens and fighting crime.  They respond to countless calls from citizens who need help, some in more dire situations than others. This is a story of a group of Orlando police officers who responded to a call of an “unknown emergency” only to find a grandmother in need of another kind of “help.” According to OPD’s tweet, these officers found a woman with a broken toilet and a flooded house but rather than telling the woman she needed to call a plumber, these officers rolled up their sleeves, grabbed some mops and got to work. They repaired the woman’s broken toilet and even stuck around to clean up afterward. This is an example of a group of officers going above and beyond the call of duty. Orlando is in deed a very lucky community to have such a committed group of officers protecting our streets.
  • A group of workers in Missouri are being hailed as heroes for helping a wayward owl last week. The trio found the owl tangled in what appears to be a soccer net.  One of the workers, Will Brown, posted video of their rescue to Facebook. The video has been viewed and shared millions of times in the past week. The workers’ language is a little rough, but their intentions were pure.  The owl patiently looks on as they cut the animal out of the net. *VIDEO CONTAINS PROFANITY* After extricating the owl, the men carefully cut the rest of the net from its wings.  After gathering itself, the bird flies away grateful for the effort. >>WATCH THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE
  • The band director at Lake Minneola High School in Lake County bonded out of jail Wednesday after being arrested and charged with five counts of sexual assault of a minor. Jon North, who has worked at the school since it opened in 2011, was arrested Wednesday on the charges, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.  According to a message from the Lake Minneola High School principal to parents, North resigned his position at the school Tuesday. A social media post was what sparked the school to investigate North, investigators said.  No information was released on the nature of the post. The alleged incidents happened in late 2015 and early 2016, a Lake County Sheriff's Office report said. The student involved told investigators that his relationship with North started via text but later became physical and then sexual, the report said.  North allegedly confessed to the relationship. 'He advised he stopped when he realized it was wrong,' the report said.  North told investigators that he had a 'prior sexual 'situation' with another former student, but only after he turned 18,' the report said.  'We are going to verify that,' Lake County Sgt. Jim Vachon said. 'In cases like this, there are sometimes other victims who have not come forward. So, we're going to do our best to find out if there's anybody else out there.' North's neighbor, Deanna Bellin, was upset to hear about the charges against the now-former high school band director. 'I am disappointed and shocked, you know?' she said. 'Whenever you hear something like that.' North did not comment on the charges when he bonded out of the Lake County Jail Wednesday night.
  • This is a cautionary tale of what can go wrong if you go to Polk County looking for love. Actually, it’s a music video posted to YouTube, but the musician who produced it has some sage advice, “leave them hookers alone.” Patrick Renney has had the video on his YouTube channel since May of 2016, but for some reason, it’s only been viewed about 1,100 times. That is likely to change, now that Polk County sheriff Grady Judd has seen the video.   Judd shared the video on Twitter Tuesday morning. >>WATCH THE HILARIOUS VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE
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    Darrell Moody joined News 96.5  in April 2013.

    He is a 6th generation native Floridian, born and raised in central Florida.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  In 2007, Darrell began his radio career with the Florida News Network and WFLF in Orlando.  Since then, he has worked for Metro Networks, Virtual News Center and several local News/Talk radio stations.  He also hosted the public affairs program Focus Orlando on AM 660 WORL for two years and for nearly four years he was a breaking news helicopter videographer for Central Florida News 13.

    Darrell lives in Winter Park with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and working in his yard.

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  • At least 42 people were hurt in a train crash outside Philadelphia. >> Read more trending news >> Click here or scroll down for more
  • What happens if the Secret Service can’t afford to pay its agents? Those agents might soon find out, according to a USA Today report. The director of the Secret Service, Randolph “Tex” Alles, told USA Today that more than 1,000 agents have already maxed out their salary and overtime allowances — allowances that were supposed to last all year. >> Secret Service investigating Missouri lawmaker’s post Alles said the service must protect 42 people, including 18 Trump family members, the report said. Under the Obama administration, that number was 31. Adding to Alles’ woes is a recent exodus of agents, thanks to travel and work demands, the report said. >> Read more trending news Read the full story here. Alles clarified his comments in a statement Monday. 'The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps,' the statement read. 'The Secret Service estimates that roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during calendar year 2017. Our agency experienced a similar situation in calendar year 2016 that resulted in legislation that allowed Secret Service employees to exceed statutory caps on pay.' >> What is Trump’s plan for Afghanistan? Alles added: 'This issue is not one that can be attributed to the current administration’s protection requirements alone, but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo.' Read the full statement here. – The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
  • The United States Navy said it will continue to investigate the collision involving the USS John S. McCain as the vessel’s damage is being assessed. As that happens, the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs said in a news post that search efforts are continuing for the 10 soldiers who are still missing. Five sailors are injured. >> Read more trending news “Search and rescue efforts continue in coordination with local authorities,” it said in the post. “Royal Malaysian Navy ships KD Handalan and two coastal patrol craft Petir (12) and Pang Alang (39) as well as two Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency vessels are on scene today.  “Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships Noble Pearl (PCG 54) and Noble Knight (PCG 56) joined search efforts as well.” Navy Adm. John Richardson has ordered a probe into the collision, The Associated Press reported. The fleet said the guided-missile destroyer “sustained significant hull damage that resulted in flooding to nearby compartments.”  “It is the second such incident in a very short period of time -- inside of three months -- and very similar as well,” Richardson said at the Pentagon Monday. “It is the last of a series of incidents in the Pacific fleet in particular and that gives great cause for concern that there is something out there we are not getting at.” An immediate explanation for the collision was not given. In the coming weeks, the Navy said it would take a one-day pause in operations to identify any steps that may need to be taken to ensure safety.
  • Going against his own gut feeling that he should pull military forces out of Afghanistan, President Donald Trump on Monday night vowed to intensify American actions against terrorists based in the region, though he gave few details on how U.S. policy would change or on how many more soldiers would be sent in, as the American presence in Afghanistan seems likely to continue, almost 16 years since the September 11 attacks that led to a lengthy U.S. intervention. “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office,” the President acknowledged in a speech from Fort Myer, located just across the Potomac River from the White House. “A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists – including ISIS and Al Qaeda – would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th,” Mr Trump added. The President gave no details in his speech on his decision to reportedly send more troops to Afghanistan, though it would be nowhere near the levels the U.S. had in the immediate aftermath of the Nine Eleven attacks. Here is the President’s speech.
  • On Monday, President Donald Trump gave a speech in which he discussed U.S. policy in Afghanistan The remarks indicate that the 16-year war, the longest conflict in American history, may continue for some time, as Trump declined to give a specific timeline of when troops will pull out and would not discuss troop numbers. >> Read more trending news Read a full transcript of Trump’s remarks, from Fort Meyer in Arlington, Virginia, from The White House, below: “Thank you very much. Thank you. Please be seated. “Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan. Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer and every member of the United States military at home and abroad. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of our brave sailors who were injured and lost after a tragic collision at sea, as well as to those conducting the search and recovery efforts. “I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia. But before I provide the details of our new strategy, I want to say a few words to the servicemembers here with us tonight, to those watching from their posts, and to all Americans listening at home. “Since the founding of our republic, our country has produced a special class of heroes whose selflessness, courage, and resolve is unmatched in human history. “American patriots from every generation have given their last breath on the battlefield for our nation and for our freedom. Through their lives -- and though their lives were cut short, in their deeds they achieved total immortality. “By following the heroic example of those who fought to preserve our republic, we can find the inspiration our country needs to unify, to heal, and to remain one nation under God. The men and women of our military operate as one team, with one shared mission, and one shared sense of purpose.  “They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together -- and sacrifice together -- in absolutely perfect cohesion. That is because all servicemembers are brothers and sisters. They're all part of the same family; it's called the American family. They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law. They are bound together by common purpose, mutual trust, and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other.  “The soldier understands what we, as a nation, too often forget that a wound inflicted upon a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together. “Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another. Love for America requires love for all of its people. When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate.  “The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home. We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other. “As we send our bravest to defeat our enemies overseas -- and we will always win -- let us find the courage to heal our divisions within. Let us make a simple promise to the men and women we ask to fight in our name that, when they return home from battle, they will find a country that has renewed the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that unite us together as one. “Thanks to the vigilance and skill of the American military and of our many allies throughout the world, horrors on the scale of September 11th -- and nobody can ever forget that -- have not been repeated on our shores.  “But we must also acknowledge the reality I am here to talk about tonight: that nearly 16 years after September 11th attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the American people are weary of war without victory. Nowhere is this more evident than with the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history -- 17 years. “I share the American people’s frustration. I also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly lives, trying to rebuild countries in our own image, instead of pursuing our security interests above all other considerations. “That is why, shortly after my inauguration, I directed Secretary of Defense Mattis and my national security team to undertake a comprehensive review of all strategic options in Afghanistan and South Asia. “My original instinct was to pull out -- and, historically, I like following my instincts. But all my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you're President of the United States. So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle. After many meetings, over many months, we held our final meeting last Friday at Camp David, with my Cabinet and generals, to complete our strategy. I arrived at three fundamental conclusions about America’s core interests in Afghanistan. “First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have earned, to fight and to win. “Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th. “And, as we know, in 2011, America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies. Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for, and bled to liberate, and won, were occupied by a terrorist group called ISIS. The vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit, and launch attacks. We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq. “Third and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world.  “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen.  “No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions. When I became President, I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into: big and intricate problems. But, one way or another, these problems will be solved -- I'm a problem solver -- and, in the end, we will win. “We must address the reality of the world as it exists right now -- the threats we face, and the confronting of all of the problems of today, and extremely predictable consequences of a hasty withdrawal. “We need look no further than last week’s vile, vicious attack in Barcelona to understand that terror groups will stop at nothing to commit the mass murder of innocent men, women and children. You saw it for yourself. Horrible.  “As I outlined in my speech in Saudi Arabia three months ago, America and our partners are committed to stripping terrorists of their territory, cutting off their funding, and exposing the false allure of their evil ideology. “Terrorists who slaughter innocent people will find no glory in this life or the next. They are nothing but thugs, and criminals, and predators, and -- that's right -- losers. Working alongside our allies, we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, keep them from crossing our borders, and yes, we will defeat them, and we will defeat them handily. “In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s interests are clear: We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America, and we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists and being used against us, or anywhere in the world for that matter. “But to prosecute this war, we will learn from history. As a result of our comprehensive review, American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically in the following ways: “A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I’ve said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin, or end, military options. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. “Conditions on the ground -- not arbitrary timetables -- will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will. Another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power -- diplomatic, economic, and military -- toward a successful outcome.  “Someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen. America will continue its support for the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban in the field.  “Ultimately, it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society, and to achieve an everlasting peace. We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society. We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists. “The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan. We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. “In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies. The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices.  “But Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately. No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. servicemembers and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.  “Another critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India -- the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States. We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region. “Finally, my administration will ensure that you, the brave defenders of the American people, will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to make this strategy work, and work effectively and work quickly. “I have already lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our warfighters that prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy. Micromanagement from Washington, D.C. does not win battles. They are won in the field drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders and frontline soldiers acting in real time, with real authority, and with a clear mission to defeat the enemy.  “That’s why we will also expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan. These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide; that no place is beyond the reach of American might and Americans arms. Retribution will be fast and powerfu“As we lift restrictions and expand authorities in the field, we are already seeing dramatic results in the campaign to defeat ISIS, including the liberation of Mosul in Iraq.  “Since my inauguration, we have achieved record-breaking success in that regard. We will also maximize sanctions and other financial and law enforcement actions against these networks to eliminate their ability to export terror. When America commits its warriors to battle, we must ensure they have every weapon to apply swift, decisive, and overwhelming force.  “Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.  “We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy with additional troop and funding increases in line with our own. We are confident they will. Since taking office, I have made clear that our allies and partners must contribute much more money to our collective defense, and they have done so. “In this struggle, the heaviest burden will continue to be borne by the good people of Afghanistan and their courageous armed forces. As the prime minister of Afghanistan has promised, we are going to participate in economic development to help defray the cost of this war to us.  “Afghanistan is fighting to defend and secure their country against the same enemies who threaten us. The stronger the Afghan security forces become, the less we will have to do. Afghans will secure and build their own nation and define their own future. We want them to succeed.  “But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands, or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over. Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests. We are not asking others to change their way of life, but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward.  “Military power alone will not bring peace to Afghanistan or stop the terrorist threat arising in that country. But strategically applied force aims to create the conditions for a political process to achieve a lasting peace. “America will work with the Afghan government as long as we see determination and progress. However, our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check. The government of Afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political, and economic burden. The American people expect to see real reforms, real progress, and real results. Our patience is not unlimited. We will keep our eyes wide open.  “In abiding by the oath I took on January 20th, I will remain steadfast in protecting American lives and American interests. In this effort, we will make common cause with any nation that chooses to stand and fight alongside us against this global threat. Terrorists take heed: America will never let up until you are dealt a lasting defeat. “Under my administration, many billions of dollars more is being spent on our military. And this includes vast amounts being spent on our nuclear arsenal and missile defense. “In every generation, we have faced down evil, and we have always prevailed. We prevailed because we know who we are and what we are fighting for.  “Not far from where we are gathered tonight, hundreds of thousands of America’s greatest patriots lay in eternal rest at Arlington National Cemetery. There is more courage, sacrifice, and love in those hallowed grounds than in any other spot on the face of the Earth. “Many of those who have fought and died in Afghanistan enlisted in the months after September 11th, 2001. They volunteered for a simple reason: They loved America, and they were determined to protect her.  “Now we must secure the cause for which they gave their lives. We must unite to defend America from its enemies abroad. We must restore the bonds of loyalty among our citizens at home, and we must achieve an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the enormous price that so many have paid.  “Our actions, and in the months to come, all of them will honor the sacrifice of every fallen hero, every family who lost a loved one, and every wounded warrior who shed their blood in defense of our great nation. With our resolve, we will ensure that your service and that your families will bring about the defeat of our enemies and the arrival of peace. “We will push onward to victory with power in our hearts, courage in our souls, and everlasting pride in each and every one of you. “Thank you. May God bless our military. And may God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much. Thank you.”