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From the Take A Stand Trenches by Lorraine Bratton


Lorraine Bratton of Roanoke is a veteran AARP volunteer.  She has been active with the Take A Stand campaign, attending candidate events and representing Take A Stand at community activities.  This is her report from a recent campaign event she attended.


I attended the Donald Trump Rally at the Roanoke Civic Center. It was 97 degrees.  I waited one hour to get into the Center and five hours for Mr. Trump to speak.  I cannot stand that long; the old legs aren't what they use to be, so I got a seat in the front row just outside of the staged supporters behind Mr. Trump.  I had an excellent view.


Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-6 th), Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-9 th), former Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson and State Delegate Chris Head (R-17th) spoke before Mr. Trump.  There were three young Take A Stand supporters adjacent to the fence surrounding the stage. During Mr. Trump’s appearance, their views were blocked by security personnel.  All of us had on our Take A Stand shirts.  Mr. Trump did not mention his plan for the future of Social Security during his remarks.


The crowd was very receptive to our Take A Stand shirts and asked where they could get some.  They listened to our viewpoints.  No one spoke against AARP or Take A Stand.  As we left the Civic Center, we were again approached about the Take A Stand shirts and asked their meaning.  They also inquired about where they could get Take A Stand shirts.


To learn more about Take A Stand and what the candidates have said about Social Security, visit the Take A Stand website.

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