This land of ours is the best country on the planet. The United States of America was founded upon certain unalienable rights. Which include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our country has been through many times of trials and tribulation. Most, unpredictable to our founding fathers. They drafted the Constitution on the basis that ALL MEN are created equal.
They established and fashioned laws that are still in effect today. While our land has changed, our rights have not. They have been enhanced, but never detracted from. We went through a Civil War, the civil rights movement, and we are all the better for having gone through it.
If it were not for those guaranteed rights, we may never have never known people like the great Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, or our current President Barack Obama. There have been many firsts in our land; like our first African American baseball legend Jackie Robinson or a General like Colin Powell.
If not for those struggles we would not have the freedom we experience today. We have a paid a heavy price for our rights and freedom. They have been bought with the blood and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces.
We owe a debt of gratitude to heroes like Audie Murphy, Alvin York, of World War I and II. Those names you know they were made famous by their actions, which later inspired a movie about both. However there are many other names that we do not know like: Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho’Ohanano of the Korean War, or Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger of the Vietnam War.
We do not know their name, but like Murphy and York; Etchberger and Kaho’Ohanano also received the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions in those conflicts. To date there have been 3468 Medals of Honor awarded. Of that number, 621 have been awarded posthumously. I dare say that none of us can name more than a handful of recipients. This is something that we should change. To die for your country, is the ultimate sacrifice and should be treated with dignity and respect.
Along with our military heroes’, with have seen many people design, invent, or cure many diseases. People such as Thomas Edison, Graham T. Bell, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Billy Graham, Barbara McClintock, Linus Pauling, and Percy Julian. Chances are you do not know most of those names either, but they all played a part in the development of our country and for solving medical mysteries.
We live in a great land and should know and respect those that came before us. which paved the way for our freedom and way of life.
For without those that sacrificed, we would not enjoy our way of life.