Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. As I sit and write this, I am reflecting on Memorial Day 2012, which also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, where my older brother served and was wounded at Khe Sahn.
The weather has been so nice here in South Florida and my concern is that many Americans did not stop to reflect upon what makes our nation such a free and exceptional Constitutional Republic during their holiday festivities. Many citizens have the day off, but the question is whether they remember those who gave “the last full measure of devotion?”
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said, Here am I. Send Me!”- Isaiah 6:8
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends”. – John 15:13
When I reflect on all of the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for America since the battle at Lexington and Concord all the way up until today, those two Bible verses come to mind. What manner of person answers the call to service and leaves behind the comforts of their loved ones and homes to protect our beloved America?
Those who serve their country represent the best among us. They are the brothers and sisters with whom I, and many others, have had the privilege and honor to stand beside. They are our true heroes for whom we find a sense of impeccable pride when we remember their faithful sacrifice.
Two hundred years ago, America fought her second War of Independence, the War of 1812. In that war, we were blessed to have written the words which every American should know by heart, “The Star Spangled Banner:”
Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
Oh say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Let us remember the men at Fort McHenry. During that bombardment, these brave men ensured that our flag, the standard of liberty, freedom, and democracy, continued to stand. Let us remember that we are indeed the “Land of the Free” because we have always been and shall forever be the “Home of the Brave.”
Before I go, I want to leave with you a special video, “Here’s to the Heroes, a Military Tribute” as sung by the Ten Tenors, view it here.
It is no surprise this video has already received more than 1.8 million views!
Requiem en pace, Frater et Soror.
Steadfast and Loyal,
WATCH THE VIDEO OF REP ALLEN WEST RECOGNIZE FALLEN SOLDIERS IN NON COMBAT SITUATIONS: