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I am proud to be an American and feel very lucky to have been born in America. I want those children born here today and tomorrow to feel that same way. 1968-69 in the Republic of South Vietnam I was taught things no one should ever need to learn, and while there I decided if ever there was an opportunity for me to speak out on the injustices of our world, I would. This web site is my opportunity. I believe in the right and duty of all Americans to defend our freedom from those who would attack and diminish it. But, I also believe the most immediate threat to our freedom lies not in sneaking saboteurs and terrorists from abroad, but in a government so overzealous in protecting our safety, they destroy the very freedom we all need to preserve it. I believe our founding fathers gave us real gifts in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Gifts that make this nation one to be proud of, and if our government compromises them, I fear the children born today will never understand the true, greatness of the United States.

Letter To My High School
by James Glaser
May 3, 2020
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Dear Sir,

I guess I am writing this to the students now attending Cretin and the alumni who have attended. My name is James Glaser and I graduated from Cretin and I wanted to tell you a story.

Early in 1968 I was home on leave from the Marine Corps with orders for Vietnam. I had been in the Marines a while and knew a lot of returning Marines and had some sort of idea of what I was headed for, but in truth I knew nothing. My dad was in WW II and Korea and his advice was to use these 30 days of leave to get in the best physical shape I could. We lived on the corner of Scheffer and Albert, a short jog to Cretin.

I felt a little weird back then having very short hair being it was 1968 and most guys were letting their hair grow out and so I kept to myself a lot but one thing I did was to go up to the Cretin track and run at night until I was exhausted with a pack on my back with about 40 pounds in it. As the days passed the runs got longer, all the time I was running I was thinking. Thinking about God, my future, and how I would become the combat Marine I always thought I wanted to be.

Well it was Cretin and those years there in ROTC really taught me nothing, but those years there in religion classes stuck with me. I can’t remember the Brothers name now, but many of his words were imprinted in my mind and to this day they are a blessing. I learned at Cretin, if nothing else, that I could talk to God about anything and I could ask for anything, although I didn’t always get what I asked for.

I wasn’t ready for Vietnam. I am still not over Vietnam. Every day I think of things that happened, young men who died on both sides, horrible things I had to do, the bodies I had to move and handle, the blood, mine and others that would itch because it might be many hours or a day before you could wash it off, but the faith I learned at Cretin helped my while in combat. I think it got me home, and it has helped me all these years after, and it still helps me today.

So, I thank Cretin High School for the education I received. I have one grand daughter who has graduated from Cretin, one still attending and I feel very good about that. I hope they feel the same as I do over 50 years later.

James P. Glaser
Madison, Florida

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