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Celebration (1988) 

Loyalty is life. We live through the loyalty of others—not only the devotion of living family and friends, but also the loyalty of the past to the future. Countless numbers of our ancestors worked, saved, and forewent their pleasure to provide for generations yet unborn. They pursued distant goals they knew they would never reach, in order that their children and grandchildren could enjoy the fruit of their efforts. The mountain of human culture is built out of many layers of human achievement, each generation resting on the work of the one before. 

We are here today because of the people of the past did not forget us. Our ancestors have planted and we have reaped. Let us also live for more than the present. Let us also work for those who will follow. 

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