What is it about this Great Nation of America that stirs our hearts and evokes parents to give up their sons and daughters in service of her defense? I think it is the whispers of our forefathers that compel us to be the Great Nation that they had intended; from George Washington, to Abraham Lincoln, and to Thomas Jefferson.
We are a Nation blessed by the Almighty God and His mighty stretched out arm defends her still. Whether we be rich or poor, no matter the color of our skin, or the length of ancestry that binds us to these shores; we are a free people.
Our land has been fought for by the blood and limb and life of those who answered the call to protect their homeland and those whom they loved. Yes, she is stained and blessed, by the sacrifice of so many. May God continue to bless those who fight for her still and the families of the fallen in her service.
We have seen peace and times of calamity; however, one moment we are strangers, and the next bonded brothers in a common cause to fight for justice; how well we have seen that played out in our Great Nation time and time again.
People from all corners of the world still believe in the dream and the hope that living in this great United States of America offers them; for they are coming still. May we ever be the bright and shining light that the Statue of Liberty continues to represent.
From West Coast, to Gulf Coast, to East Coast, and the Mountains and Valleys between; we have a Nation of beauty and bounty. May our children hold true to the values that make us who we are and who we have been. May neighbor help neighbor and may our Government continue to listen to the people in which they represent.
May our flag continue to wave proudly and the pledge that binds us hold true. May we continue to sing of our Sweet Land of Liberty and may God’s grace continue to shine upon us from Sea to shining Sea!
Sheri L. Swift