Yesterday, March 6th, was an important date in American History, the fall of the Alamo. Â Yet, no matter how many times weâ€™ve watched the old movies – telling us the same story, and the outcome does not change – we come away with this incredible sense of victory, not defeat.
Yes, we lost a battle on March 6th, 1836 (see Texasgaltâ€™s poignant post), but we believed in the courage, fortitude and sheer spirit of those early Texans (soon to be Americans); it is ingrained in us, and in the psyche of this great country.
What exactly drives Americans in the face of adversity, to stand strong, be bold and not waver? America was formed out of the fires of Revolution – a Revolution that cost lives, possessions, and even a way of life. Â But out of the fire was molded a people of spirit – freedom loving, independent and forged with an indomitable American character. Â The seeds were planted long before that fateful day at the Alamo, sown in the fertile ground of The Constitution. Â The Constitution, a manuscript with the recipe for a nation and a peopleÂ born to freedom. Â Yes, born to freedom for all – for the Common Man and Woman. Â On earth, we live for barely a glimpse of time, but we are so fortunate to have this opportunity, passed on to us by our ancestors, and one we owe to our children and grandchildren.
We can only do this by holding firm to principles – principles of decency, goodness, honesty and respect. Â Wavering or resetting the measurements depletes us. Â Adhering to them strengthens us – morally, emotionally and physically.
When we look at true American heroes, people we honor from our American past, we honor them because they stood for what was right, a helping hand, a life given in service, a life lost for anotherâ€™s freedom.Â These were people who sought to preserve life and freedom, not destroy it. Â The freedom we have as individuals, and as a nation is because so many gave their all, even their lives to start us on this road. Â They did not give up their honor. Â Our American spirit says we will not give up ours.
Everyday that we stand firm for freedom is a day that we remain connected to the threads started so long ago, molded over generations and handed to us now to go forth – in gratitude and humility, and that most precious of gifts–freedom. Together, here at Unified Patriots, and other meetings of like-minded Americans, we will find the tools, the support, and similar desire to keep America free. Â What we face now, we face together.
I believe this as sure as I believe what Vassar Bushmills once said, â€œWhen good stands up to evil, evil blinks.â€ Â Do not falter, do not give up.Â Reinforcements are coming.