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Celebration (1988) 

We have two kinds of memories. We have memories of people who always demanded and never gave, who complained and never achieved, who chose to be known by who they were and not by what they did, who preferred pity to respect. We also have memories of people who trained their talents and shared them, who took the blame and worked to change the world, who presented their deeds first and their needs second, who chose to defy destiny and to pursue dignity. These people did the hard work of justice. We honor them.

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