The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce chose wisely for its Nov. 12 annual meeting, inviting former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to be the featured speaker. Besides his respected record of public service under eight presidents, Gates is a native Wichitan and a 1961 graduate of East High School. The event’s meaning will be all the greater because of its proximity to Veterans Day and theme of honoring the U.S. military. When he addressed East High’s commencement three years ago, Gates said, “I believe a Kansas upbringing imparts qualities that have been a source of strength for me over the years: an enduring optimism and idealism, a love of country, and dedication to citizenship and service.”
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