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May 24, 2006

Concord , NH One of the country’s top speech writers has selected remarks given by New Hampshire State Senator Carl Johnson (R- Meredith) for inclusion in her latest book. Joan Detz, a nationally- known speechwriter and author, includes excerpts from an address Senator Johnson gave honoring the victims of 9-11 in the latest edition of her best-selling book “Can You Say a Few Words.”

“I found Senator Johnson’s speech commemorating the anniversary of September 11th to be both touching and uplifting,” said Detz. “I wanted to use some his words as anexample of an appropriate 9-11 tribute. They fit perfectly in the chapter of my book dedicated to Patriotic Ceremonies.”

Upon hear the news, Senator Johnson remarked, “I was so honored to be asked to speak that day at Hesky Park. Even two years away from that tragic event it was obvious from the crowd that folks were still hurting, still remembering. I’m so proud Ms. Detz thought enough of my remarks to include them in her book. It means a lot to me.”

Senator Johnson’s excerpt reads:

“Since 9-11, much bas been said about how easy it is for people to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But if we were listening carefully, there is another lesson, a lesson just as powerful to come from that fateful day. It’s part of the very fabric of our nation. It can be found in the heart of every one of its citizens. The lesson is this: as Americans– we are far more likely to be in the right place at the right time. To do a good deed. To help those in need. To show compassion. To lend a hand to a worthy cause.”

Senator Johnson delivered his remarks entitled, “The Legacy and Lessons of September 11th” on September 11, 2003 at Hesky Parkin Meredith as part of a second anniversary remembrance ceremony. Detz became aware of Senator Johnson’s speech during her research for the second edition of “Can You Say a Few Words.”

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