TOMES SUPPORTS LOCAL PATRIOT: State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville, left) met Jared Cannato (right), a senior at Mt. Vernon High School, Wednesday, Sept. 2, to personally thank him for his interest and dedication to serving in the U.S. Armed Services. Cannato sent a letter to Tomes asking for support in his efforts to attend a U. S. Service Academy.
In his letter to Tomes, Cannato says, “Although I was only four years old on September 11, 2001, the attack impacted me as I grew to understand how fragile our freedom really is. Knowing that there are people out there that want to challenge this freedom motivates me to serve in the U.S. military.
“After reading Jared’s letter, I was so inspired by his patriotism, I just had to meet him and shake his hand,” Tomes said. “His clear vision and desire for a successful future in the military impressed me because that is rare in this day and age. I fully support Jared in his pursuit to attend a service academy and I wish him well. "
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