Why do American warriors under fire do
what men have done since this nation’s inception? This is a common thread that
connects the militias of Lexington and Concord with the Warriors of Fallujah. It
is our love of nation, our way of life, and our love by those who we serve with
side by side. We defend.
We avenge. We sacrifice. We bleed, and we are willing to
die for this unique creation the United States of America. I am complete for
having experienced that kind of sacrifice with my fellow men at arms, and
those who died, they gave their lives for me. They gave their lives for you, and
countless citizens who will never know them. We broke the will of our
adversaries. The enemy was defeated and because of that we came home. For the
infantryman in combat there is nobility and purpose in our lives and that is
unique, but we don’t see ourselves as a people apart. We are America’s warrior
class. We are citizens of the United States, and treasure this land more than
any overseas posting. The army provided me with purpose and appreciation for the
blessing America has bestowed upon us all. I’m forever grateful to the United
States Army for making me able to count and cherish those blessings in a way
that is unique to most and to those who wear the uniform.
I think the uniform, I think my army has made us all better men, fathers, employees,
husbands, and citizens. The best leaders in battle become that way by being loyal,
and dutiful. We execute the lawful intent of our government. There is no political
affiliation on our dog tags. We continue the warrior legacy of the United States
without regard for adulation or unanimous approval either. My unit’s
leaders died leading men from the front. It is our duty to tell the story of our
brave men and women who sacrifice so much for our fellow citizens.
We fight so our children ever have to. We fight for one day when our children
and our enemies children can discuss their differences without fear or
loathing. We fight so that anyone out there thinking about raising arms
against our citizens or allies realize the futility of attrition against a
disciplined, professional, and lethal force built to a stand anything you can dream
of throwing at us. Americans want this kind of country. Americans want this kind
of world. And we stand ready to defend it. To protect us. So help us God.