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Interview With Family From Georgetown, Kentucky

Aired August 27, 2003 - 10:23   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BRIAN CABELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We just told you about five minutes ago about the family from Kentucky that packed up and drove eight hours down here. Well, we just located them in the crowd. They're with us right now. This is the Nunn (ph) family of Georgetown, Kentucky, Philip Nunn (ph), Wanda Nunn (ph), Candace Nunn (ph) and Clayton Nunn (ph).
First of all, Philip, you were concerned last night. You had just arrived. You didn't have a hotel room. Did you find a place last night?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, we did. It was about 40 miles away, but we did get us one.

CABELL: Towns all filled up. I understand there's an Air Force convention in town.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Among other things, yes.

CABELL: Why did you come down here in the first place?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To show our children we need to take a stand for what we believe is right, and if we just remain silent they're going to continue to strip our rights as Americans.

CABELL: Is this that had been long planned to take this excursion down here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, sir, as a matter of fact it wasn't. It was a call from Dr. James Dobson's Citizens of America to come out here and to express their disdain, or their disapproval, of what's going on here, and we just wanted to be part of that, speak our voice.

CABELL: Wanda, what are you hoping your two children who are 9 and 5, what are you hoping they'll learn from the experience her?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I hope they learn that when they have something on their heart as important as this, that they learn to speak out, because speaking out is very important.

CABELL: What have you told them about what's been happening here over the last week?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're telling them that how important the Ten Commandments is. It's not exactly the monument, it is what they stand for, and that they should understand that that's God's law, and we should stand for God's law. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are a nation under God, that's correct.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Without god's law, we have no law.

CABELL: Now we just saw that the monument was moved about 20 minutes or so ago. What does that mean? Is that a failure in your mind?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, as a matter of fact not. I think this is going to be a ripple effect across our nation. That's our hope, that Americans will start realizing if we don't speak up and if we don't start going to the voting booths, then we're going to have more of this, but if we take a stand, we can make a difference.

CABELL: How about if we try to talk to Clayton here, who I should tell you is a very articulate young man. Have you heard that the monument was just moved out of here, Clayton?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

CABELL: Are you sad about that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, not really. But you know, it tells us that the Ten Commandments, why we came over to this country, was because we wanted freedom, and that's like our foundation.

CABELL: And now the Ten Commandments monument is moved, but you still think the Ten Commandments are very important?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Uh-huh.

CABELL: OK.

Are you glad you made that this trip here with your mom, dad and sister?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Uh-huh.

CABELL: Why is that? Why is it important to you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, that when we grow up and tell our grandkids and our kids that we was a part of history.

CABELL: Thank you very much, Clayton. Mr. Nunn, this is not exactly a Disney World vacation for the kids, but do you think they've gotten something out of this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I do, indeed. I think so. In the sense that they see their parents, and they're going to follow their parents' example, at least that's my hope.

CABELL: And you're going to stay here for another day or so and then you have to head back to your job.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, as a matter of fact, I have to be back in the morning. So it's going to be a long night tonight. CABELL: Your boss knows you're down here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know, I'm not sure.

CABELL: None of his business, huh?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I wouldn't say that.

CABELL: Again, thank you very much. This is the Nunn family, drove down here from Georgetown, Kentucky yesterday. They stayed overnight, about 40 miles out of town, and now they will be heading back at the end of the day. But a bit of a learning experience here for the two young children, 9 and 5, they are home-schooled, and they're coming back with some memories for the rest of their lives.

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