To the Editor
Lest we forget.
Americans define their identity outside the boundaries of geography or common ethnic ancestry. We are a people who have come from every corner of the world, most of us in the last century, and all of us in the pursuit of a noble and remarkable vision – that in this land men and women could live in freedom and liberty with their God-given rights respected. It is therefore a common belief, not common ancestral rights, which bind us together. That belief was best expressed in the Declaration of Independence which reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with Certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We, as Americans, have reason to be filled with gratitude to God who gave us the opportunity to come to this land and to live in freedom and gratitude to our Founding Fathers who set forth those principles that constitute our belief and gratitude to the following generations who have defended it. This should inspire and encourage in every American a sense of civic duty and responsibility.
During the Korean War, I volunteered to serve my country. I saw it not only my duty, but a privilege. Grateful for my liberty, I could do no less than my duty to protect it and to help it keep its word. During World War II, United States made a promise to Korea that we would help them become a free and independent nation as they were before Japanese domination. We fulfilled that promise during that terrible three-year war.
America has never sought wars of expansion. It has sought to liberate and restore. It has shared its bounty and wealth with the poor. It has rescued the suffering. It has done this because our devotion to human dignity and human liberty demands it. Americans should be forever indebted to those who pledged their lives to protect and defend this common belief of freedom and liberty for all. Please keep them in your prayers.
Charles R. Pearson
Malvern Legion Post #375