Thursday, November 22, 2007
But I'll try...
irst and foremost, I am thankful for being born, raised, and hope to die an American. There is no other country on the face of the earth, now or at anytime in the past, which has done more or given so much for the cause and advancement of individual human freedom. Some have tried. A few of those were remarkably successful. Compared to the United States of America, even the best of them still around are so far behind us in this monumental endeavor that their best hope of moving forward is to follow our lead and embrace our example. God bless our wonderful country. She is more precious to us fallible, stumbling human beings than any but the most purely appreciative could ever know.
Which brings me to our Troops, especially those fighting on battlefields as far from these freedoms we in this country enjoy as anyone could ever get before entering Hell itself, battling the very forces of it which would like nothing more than to destroy not only all such freedoms but even the least possibility of anyone enjoying them ever again. You are our heroes. In every sense a noble word like that — which you, by your inordinate acts of courage and sacrifice, always make much too inadequate — could have. Your grateful nation thanks you, appreciates you, remembers you on this and every other day, and prays for you and your family, and for your quick and safe return to them.
To our brave Combat Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Guardsmen, thank you for keeping us all free and safe. You, more than anyone else, have kept this dream we call America alive and well. You are the best Americans, better than we have a right to hope but the merest deserving of were not for God amply blessing us and our country with such incomparable men as yourselves.
Because of what our Troops are doing for all of us I am able to be with my family today, warmed and renewed by that crowded, semi-crazed gathering known as Thanksgiving Dinner and just otherwise being in their presence, all the while secure in the knowledge they each will continue to live in a country that each and every day gives each and every one of us more reasons than I could possibly spell out during only this one date on the calendar, to say, "Thank you, Lord, for Your grace in creating and protecting for Your children the greatest country on earth."
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