From the beginning of this nation the men and women who answered the call for freedom wove the steel structure of the beautiful and humbling promise of America. They did not push away the feelings of responsibility that gnawed at their conscience, they did not put off the urgency of action, and it is only because of their courage and righteousness, that America continues.
We are once again at a defining time when our nation is tested by enemies within and without who would gladly see a weak and indecisive America pulling away from its clear and decisive past; a stagnant and strait-jacketed nation instead of a proud and prosperous one; a godless and self-immolating nation instead of the one nation, under God and indivisible, that our short history has proven is our natural position.
There is no better time than today to recall the trials and tests our nation has overcome, so that the promise of America can live on. We should think of the courage, the heart and soul of these men and women who did more for this nation than any mere politician or celebrity. Yet so many are bewildered, forgotten, and treated poorly by a government with screwed-up priorities and a too-spoiled citizenry that knows nothing of the hell that was paid for their safety.
Today and everyday, Americans should remember that they are Americans, first and foremost, and that it means something. We are the only nation in the history of the world that was founded on the belief that man’s freedom is a right given by God Almighty. We are the only nation in world history that turned history upside down by acknowledging the laws of nature and of nature’s God are the basis of our governance and that a righteous citizenry can and would govern themselves. In the history of the world, philosopher kings decided everything for “the masses” and “the masses” were dullards incapable of self-governance. Monarchies arose and named their favorable classes, and the rest, the peasants were left with no choices in their lives, and no way to get out of poverty.
This nation threw off all of it. This nation, through precarious strategy, horrible battles, but with the banner of righteousness, said, “No dammit! We will be free!”
And we owe that to our veterans over hundreds of years. We who have not served owe immeasurable gratitude to them and their steel spines and their golden hearts. And we also owe it to them to be resolute in the years to come to make sure their efforts will not be wasted.
Happy Veterans Day to the veterans of all of the United States Military. America thanks you from the bottom of our heart.
This article first appeared at CNS News