Monday, July 4, 2011

Note from the AFA President: 4th of July

AFA Members, Congressional staff members, Civic leaders, DOCA members:
The 4th of July is viewed by many as a day off; one for parades, picnics, and barbeques.  It is considered the birthday of the United States.  However, few remember that on this day in 1776 the US Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress.  By the time it was adopted, the 13 colonies and Great Britain had been at war for more than a year.
On this day we should take the time to pause and remember those who gave us the "right" to be free – the men and women of the US military.  Perhaps the best known quote on this subject is usually attributed to Father Dennis O'Brien.  You can find the quote below my name.
Two other quotes about freedom are offered below.  The first by Thomas Paine and the second by President Reagan.
AFA recognizes the sacrifices of all who have served.  We have recently put two videos on YouTube which depict our Air Force in action to the tunes of the Star Spangled Banner:

... and the Air Force Song: 

For your consideration.

Michael M. Dunn
Air Force Association

It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given us
Freedom of the Press.
It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us
Freedom of Speech.
It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the
Freedom to Demonstrate.
It's the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the
Right to a Fair Trial.
It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and
whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag.
Dennis O'Brien

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. 
Thomas Paine

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Ronald Reagan

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