[Note: The speech above was given in 2013 to an event honoring Gold Star families in New Hampshire while I was still on active duty]
Thank you Gold Star families, for your sacrifice, the sacrifice that so few understand or comprehend.
And let’s thank God for blessing us with the gift of heroes, who have risked all and given all in the service of this country and its blessings, which themselves are a blessing from God.
In the news we are hearing talk about some nonsense that military members are not allowed to speak on matters of faith…
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The vast majority of US politicians, even those who are most vehement in their demands for “separation of church and state,” end their speeches with the words, “God Bless America.”
Indeed, God has blessed us. Our founders were explicit in their recognition of God’s abundant blessings on this land, His graceful endowment of certain inalienable rights, and His establishment of government for the express purpose of securing them.
Later, in our Constitution, our founders would further this ideal, stating that the union must secure these blessings, not only for themselves, but for their posterity – those who would follow. Us.
And so we, their posterity, must address security in that sense – one that seeks not to preserve comforts or riches, but instead to protect the rights granted to all mankind…
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