By Karl Lee
Freedom! Liberty! These are strong words that bring vivid pictures to your mind. Words which excite and cause the heart to beat a little faster. They are two words used interchangeably.
They are words that have echoed down through the millennia; a cry that has issued forth from the throats of millions. FREEDOM! Even now in this twenty-first century the cry for freedom and liberty echo across the nations of this world.
Here in America we are blessed beyond measure. We have freedoms that many countries do not have. These freedoms have come with a price, a cost paid with blood and lives. Yet, our men and women have stepped forward in times of need to ensure not only our liberties and freedom but also those of other nations. We are a nation of lovers of freedom and our country.
Yes! We covet our freedom. We have stood tall in protecting it. We are Americans! We are a people that cherish the things of our nation and what they stand for. We thrust out our chests with pride as we remember the stirring words of Patrick Henry as he stood before an assembly of our early nation’s leaders in St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia on March 28, 1775. Mr. Henry, who eloquently spoke concerning a separate nation for England, ended his speech with these powerful words, “As for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Yes! And who cannot remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he stood before the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963 with his resounding speech, “I have a dream!”
Freedom! How diligent we need to be lest we lose it through apathy. Stand up Americans! Stand up and defend your freedom. Let your voice be heard not only here at home but in our nation’s capitol.
I am an American! God Bless America!