I am a Veteran of 28 years service in the United States Army. I am of the Cold War era. I am not a combat Veteran. I enlisted in the service when I was of age and Vietnam was in draw down. My unit did not deploy for Desert Shield/Storm. On September 30, 1999, I retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
I am an American. Freedom is my birthright. Like all Americans, except for the native American Indian, I have ancient ancestors from places beyond the borders of the United States of America. They came here seeking a better place and life for themselves and their descendants. They found it, built it and left it for us to preserve. I honor my ancestors, the family name is of Welsh origin, who migrated to the hills of West Virginia to mine the coal that still powers our country. I hope to honor them by preserving what the ancestral heritage of this nation gave us. We need to focus on much that is good about America and recognize a higher moral authority. We need not dredge up fictional ties to lands most of us have never set a foot upon nor need we embrace cultures that are wholly foreign to America and the ideal of individual liberty.
I believe in the words that grace our national seal, E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one and our national motto, In God We Trust. We must not upend those thoughts by making us instead from one, many and each pulling away from that solid foundation.
There is a distinct “God, Family, Country,” American culture. It is what made America great and its foundation is God-given freedom, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and small non-intrusive government. As one people one culture, we stand strong and offer the best hope for the world. If we are at odds as many, self-interested entities we fail. We lose what our ancestors sacrificed to provide for us. We snuff out the torch of freedom kept ablaze by those who came before us. When freedom’s light goes out in America, the rest of the world will too be in darkness.
God Blessed America.