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Bill of rights banquet to hear Liberty attack survivors

The U.S.S.Liberty smolders after an attack by Israeli warplanes in 1967.

The Tennessee Committee for the Bill of Rights is announcing its 19th annual banquet which is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Dayton, Tenn., north of Chattanooga.

June Griffin, head and coordinator of the banquet issued the following statement: 

The Bill of Rights is unalienable, in spite of attacks by the enemies of liberty. It is part of the oath taken by every elected official and is set apart from the rest of the Amendments, in that it delineates Rights, not privileges. Only those who ignore this Gift will lose it.It is important that you help perpetuate these liberties by giving annual homage to this Gift from the Almighty.

This year our speaker is Gy Sgt. Bryce Lockwood and co-veteran on the USS Liberty, Joe Lentini. 

June Griffin of Dayton, Tenn., a matron of the constitution, is among the many tens of thousands of Tennesseans oppressed by the driver license statute. (Photo David Tulis)

Under temporary assignment to the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967, Gy Sgt. Lockwood survived a torpedo attack and airstrikes on the ship by Israeli forces that killed 34 Americans and wounded 174 others, Mrs. Griffin says. The Israeli government explained that the attack, which occurred during the Six Day War, was intended for an Egyptian vessel, for which the Liberty was supposedly a mistake. Wounded in the attack, Gy Sgt Lockwood was medically evacuated to the carrier U.S.S. America.

He was awarded  the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions. A retired Marine and Baptist minister, he and his wife, Lois, have been married since 1960 and live on a farm in Strafford, Mo. They have three children, five grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

The banquet gathers together the best fellowship of real Americans. The food is superb, catered by the famous Evelyn Hawkins. God always blesses this commemoration with success. This year it will be held Dec.15 at the Trinity Chapel, 240 First Avenue, Dayton, Tennessee. 

Registration 5:30 p.m. Starting at 6 p.m.

Cost $25/adults and $12/children under 10.

Please make checks payable to J. B. Griffin.

Mail your reservation by Dec. 1 to 265 Crestview, Dayton, TN 37321.

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