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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

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Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. Charles is also a Navy veteran.

Of all our blessings, one of the greatest is friendship

We cannot choose the family into which we are born. However, we do get to choose our friends.

Politicians that are acting like children

Wouldn’t it be great if we the citizens would be informed without wasting time on the blame game?

The terrorist forces from without: The air we breathe is freedom.

The war on gangsters is painful, bloody and terrible, but as long as we the citizens of this wonderful nation want freedom, it will be our way of life to fight for those freedoms.

The Fourth of July: Birthday of a nation conceived in Liberty

'We hold these truths to be self-evident …" Never has the idea of a nation exploded on the world with such force, even before the nation could be said to exist.

Charity begins at home, the church and the community

Once upon a time, people performed acts of kindness to make life better for those around them, out of love rather than for recognition, tax breaks or duty.

The human and actual cost of Afghanistan’s forgotten conflict

Why did the United States start a war in Afghanistan? The Bush administration wanted to eliminate the terrorist threat of al-Qaida's leader, Osama bin Laden, following the September 11 Twin Tower attacks

The inheritable legacy of a life well lived

Our "legacy" is defined as a gift of personal property by will, but it is also the gifts of character, joy, laughter, love that we give to those that are in our lives.

Doing it my way: The random thoughts of an octogenarian

When I think back to when I was a boy, I think of standing up to bullies in the school yard and that handsome new singer Frank Sinatra the girls were swooning over.

Memorial Day: A eulogy for the soldiers that gave all

Since I was born, the U.S. has been engaged in 32 military conflicts to down right wars.

Americans built the America politicians are tearing apart

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. - Abraham Lincoln

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