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I stand with feet planted firmly on rich soil knowing

what freedom is. Because of the veterans, I am free


to honor God and country without persecution. Where
there is injustice, I am free to fight. Where there is
silence, I am free to speak. Where there is hate, I
am free to love. So thank you Lord for the veteran.
For the men and women, you created, that sacrifice
so much on the alter of freedom. Lord, protect over
them for all the days of their lives and welcome
them into them kingdom of heaven so they may finally
find peace.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

Philip Lawrence Bassette

October 9, 1948 - November 12, 2015

Philip Lawrence Bassette


B ORN O CTOBER 9, 1948 D IED N OVEMBER 12, 2015

When my time comes


Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed
And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Linkin Park- Leave Out All The Rest

T HERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DE FINE THE WORD P ATRIOT . H OWEVER , F EW


PEOPLE TRULY UNDER STAND WHAT IT MEANS T O GRAS P ITS TR UE ES SE NCE .
A PERSO N C AN CALL THE MSE LVES A P ATRIOT BECAUSE THE Y LOVE THEIR
COUNTRY OR THEY DEFE ND WHAT THEIR COUNTRY STANDS FO R . T HE RE AL ITY IS T HAT IT I NVOL VE S MUCH MORE THAN CLAIMING THE TITLE , DUE TO
ONES BE LIE FS AND COMMITM E NT TO HIS COUNTRY . T HE TRU E PATRIOT
UNDER STANDS NOT ONLY THE HISTORY OF HIS COUNTRY AND WHAT S ACRI FICES HAVE BEE N M ADE TO EST ABLIS H HIS W AY OF LIF E , BUT T HEY AL SO
UNDER STAND THE S ACRIF ICES THAT M EN MUST MAK E IN ORDE R TO PRESERVE THAT WAY OF LI FE AND DEF END IT AT ALL COST .

P HIL WAS A PATRIOT AND ST OOD STRONGLY BY THE O ATH HE TOOK IN 196 6 , TO PROTECT AGAI NST ALL E NE MIES , FO REIGN OR DOME STIC .
P HILIP L AWRE NCE B AS SETTE WAS BORN ON O C TOBER 9, 1 948 TO P HILIP
AND A NNI E L AURA B ASSETTE I N W ASHI NGTON DC. H E WAS T HE OLDEST
OF FIVE CHI LDR EN . P HIL GREW UP IN P RI NCE G EORGE S C OUNT Y , M AR YLAND W HERE I N 196 6 HE E NLI S TED I N THE UNI TED ST ATE S A R MY . H E
SERVED O N ACTIVE DUTY U NTIL 197 0, MOST OF WHICH WAS S PE NT IN G ERMANY .

I N THE 1 970 S , P HIL MO VED TO N EW J ERS EY W HERE HE M ET AND MARRI ED


L I R E HM . T HEY WERE M ARRIE D FOR 17 YE AR AND HAD THR EE CHIL DREN
TOGETHER : C HR YSTAL , L AURA , AND C AROLE . H E ALSO HAD A SON PRIOR
TO MEETING L I , P HILIP , WITH H ELE N C LOPTO N . P HI L S PE NT MOST OF HI S
LIFE AS A BUI LDING SUPP LIE S S ALESP ERSON UNT IL , DU E TO CO PD , HE
COULD NO LONGER WORK . E VE NTUAL LY , B ECAUSE OF HIS HE ALTH , HE
MOVED TO F LORIDA IN 20 07.
I N F LORI DA HE BEGAN BECOMI NG MORE POLIT ICAL LY ACTIVE AS A WEBSIT E
G RUMP Y E L DER .
H E HAD MUCH S UCCESS WIT H T HE BLO G , AND EVE NTUALLY TURNED IT I NTO A WEBSITE AND SER VER , HOSTING OTHER C ONSER VATI VE W EBSITES ,
BLOGS , AND EM AIL . I N T HIS , HE WAS ABL E TO FIND THE SUCC ESS HE W AS
LOOKING FOR , AND CONSIDERE D THI S HI S LEGACY . H E DIE D ON N OVEM BER 12, 20 15 AT W UESTHOFF M EDIC AL C E NT ER IN C OCOA F L. H E I S SURVIVED B Y HI S 4 CHIL DREN , AND 8 GR ANDC HIL DREN . H E WAS PR OUD OF HIS
GRANDC HIL DRE N .
COMMENT ATOR , AND THEN DE VELOPE D HI S OWN BLOG :

. T HANK

YOU FOR ALL T HE LOVE AN D SUPPORT

DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME .