Wednesday, July 7, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Attorney Rees Lloyd
July 7, 2010

American Independence Day, the 4th of July, is a time to annually rejoice in our freedom, and also to remember that our freedom was bought by blood, from the Founding Fathers of the first generation of free Americans, through the veterans of all the American generations who served in all the wars, to the sons and daughters of America of this generation who serve today in the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force to preserve and protect the freedom our American Founding Fathers bequeathed to us.

We Americans of today owe a great debt to all of the generations of Americans who came before us and preserved for us our most precious possession: Freedom. We pay that debt to those Americans who came before us by preserving and protecting freedom for the Americans who will come after us.

We Americans have before us as a model the finest exemplar of service to God and country: General George Washington. He was the greatest American of any generation, our First American President, honored as “The Father Of Our Country,” saluted by those of the Founding Fathers generation as “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen,” as expressed by Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee. He was hailed internationally by such as French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as the “greatest man of his era” because Washington walked away from power to return to his home as a citizen although offered life tenure as U.S. President, or even the title of “King,” all of which he rejected as incompatible with patriotic virtue and devotion to individual freedom in our republic.

Gen. George Washington, led a ragtag Revolutionary Army of citizen soldiers against the greatest military power on earth in order to make America free. He and his Army were laughed at, scorned, by English King George III and the English generals. They said it couldn’t be done. Gen. Washington and his Revolutionary Army soldiers did it. They made us free. He and they set the example. It is ours to emulate it.

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