Friday, July 3, 2009

Celebrate Freedom on this 4th of July

Charles Sumner (an American Statesman) once said, “There is the National Flag. He must be cold, indeed, who can look upon its folds rippling in the breeze without pride of country. If he be in a foreign land, the flag is companionship and country itself, with all its endearment...The very colors have a language which was recognized by our fathers; white is for purity; red, for valor; blue, for justice. And altogether, bunting, stripes, stars, and colors, blazing in the sky, make the flag of our country, to be cherished by all our hearts, to be upheld by all our hands .”

As we celebrate the 4th of July during this time of war with Islamic terrorists, a time of economic crisis, and a time of attacks on our access to public lands - let us continue to honor those who fought (and often times died) to give us freedom by not giving up and by staying the course. I know many of my readers are inspired to do and accomplish great things in the name of freedom. In fact, it is the tenacious actions of some of you (and you know who you are) that continue to inspire and encourage me.

Also, let us not forgot the troops who are on the frontlines today. I know many of you are already engaged in some sort of support effort. For those of you looking for a way to support the troops, The General would like to suggest that you check out -- Trust me, our troops love getting care packages from home that include items (that we off-roaders like too) such as beef jerky, salve and powders to help with monkey-butt, games, current magazines, snacks, mag lites, AA and AAA batteries, etc. Working through Adoptaplatoon is a good way to get involved.




There are lots of patriotic songs out there that one can listen to that will make you feel proud to be an American. One song I want to suggest is the American Trilogy sung by Elvis Presley – a Great American in his own right. When you listen to this song… turn your speakers or headsets up. Enjoy the song and be proud to be an American. We have a rich history and I think this song captures it in a unique manner.




This weekend I want you to remember the following words from Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

The General salutes you all on this 4th of July.

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