The Dillard Doctrine

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Reflections on July 4

We pause today to honor those men who, 232 years ago, willingly pledged all they had to the birth of a free nation.

One wonders why, in this day and age, some of our nation’s citizens are so unwilling to make the same pledge. Just recently, an organization put out an ad where a mother declared that her son was unavailable to answer the call of his nation to service. Her words: “If you are counting on [my son], you can’t have him.”

As I reflect on this Independence Day, I am reminded of those who freely gave of themselves so that our nation-and others-can enjoy the gift of freedom. I recall the sacrifice of Navy LT Michael Murphy, whose Medal of Honor cermony I attended last year. I recall the sacrifice of Army SSG Keith Maupin, who lived the military’s Code of Conduct until his dying breath. It is because of men-and women-like these that our country is what it is today-still flawed, yet undeniably free.

And it will be those same men and women who keep an ungrateful nation-one ingnorant of their sacrifices-free.

May God continue to bless this nation, the forces who defend her, and those who stand up for her at home. For us, the pledge is no different today than it was on July 4, 1776: “With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Honor Bound to Defend Freedom,


Written by Coby Dillard

July 4, 2008 at 10:43 am

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