resident given Distinguished Hoosier Award
Republicans rally at Lincoln Day event
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
The reading of the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
aka Charles Dickman, was a fitting introduction for the Lincoln
Day Dinner held Friday, April 20 at the Knights of Columbus Hall
A full house of Republicans gathered to hear State Treasurer Richard
Mourdock. State Representative Cleo Duncan, along with Mourdock
surprised Batesville resident Peggy Dickson by presenting the Governors
prestigious Distinguished Hoosier Award to her. Dickson served as
the City of Batesvilles clerk-treasurer for 12 years and is
currently the vice chairman for the Republican Party of Ripley County.
A tear slid down Dicksons face as Duncan read words from the
proclamation honoring her for her faithful service.
Treasurer Mourdock said he had attended 55 Lincoln Day dinners last
year and 30 already this year. He noted that typically there are
three kinds of speeches at these events: Republican good -
Democrat bad; Im an Office Holder...; and
Please elect me. He went on to alert the crowd that
his speech for the evening would be none of the above. Instead he
gave a history lesson on some of Abraham Lincolns accomplishments.
Mourdock described Lincoln as beyond any shadow of a doubt
the greatest president. At a time when our country was embroiled
in a civil war, this popular president had a lot to sift through.
Mourdock said history reveals there were 55,000 casualties in three
days at the Battle of Gettsyburg. The draft was enacted with many
killed in draft riots alone. People said the war, which was about
somebodys freedom wasnt worth it.
Mourdock reminded Hoosiers of many other wars...World War I, World
War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait and Iraq, saying theyre all
about somebodys freedom. He referred to Congress
recent feelings about the war that is presently being waged in Iraq.
He noted there were several parallels between the war in 1863 and
the one today.
The state treasurer shared that he had given this speech recently
and someone walked up to him following the event and told him hed
feel differently about the war if he had some skin involved.
While he doesnt have a son or daughter presently serving in
the military, Mourdock said he does have six nieces and nephews
whom he is very close to who are in the US military. Four have served
in Iraq. They told him, Its worth it.
As Republicans were committed to make this nation the
best on earth, he told the crowd.
Ripley County Republican Chairman Kenny Copeland honored all veterans
in attendance and recognized the large number of Republicans who
hold offices in the county. He introduced those running for offices
in May. He ended with My God, dont ever say we cant
win a war, telling about the flag and the blood that has been
shed to preserve freedom. Im a flag waving American
and proud of it! he passionately concluded the evening.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Presenting the Distinguished Hoosier Award from the Governor
was State Representative Cleo Duncan, left, along with State
Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Peggy Dickson was surprised
and honored to be the recipient. The award was given at
the Lincoln Day Dinner held last Friday at the K of C at