"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Salute to a Dead Marine

Jose Manuel Guerena (November 23, 1984 - May 5, 2011)
RIP Marine

This Memorial Day, as we remember those who have risked and given their lives for our freedom, let's remember that a great deal of work still needs to be done to make the "land of the free" a reality. We can best honor them at home by valuing our rights codified in our sacred Constitution and remembering the words of Thomas Paine, "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it."

We may not all have the opportunity to charge a hill or storm the beaches of Normandy. But we all have the opportunity to risk some small measure of our comfort to slow or halt grave threats to our country and our way of life. It starts with caring about something above yourself and truly appreciating the sacrifices of great Americans who before us labored for the freedom so many of us now take for granted.

Happy Memorial Day.

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