What a week. With the terrorist attack in Boston, the subsequent manhunt and arrest, and the tragedy in West, Texas where the death toll is still not clear, Americans have endured a trying past several days.
We are a strong people. From the Revolution through the War on Terrorism, Americans have stood for liberty and freedom because that is who we are. We are a beacon of hope for the world because we believe in our values.
I wanted to share with you a quote from President Reagan on the greatness of America. I hope you find some solace in it as I have when you reflect on the past week’s events:
“The greatness of America doesn’t begin in Washington; it begins with each of you–in the mighty spirit of free people under God, in the bedrock values you live by each day in your families, neighborhoods, and work-places. Each of you is an individual worthy of respect, unique and important to the success of America. And only by trusting you, giving you opportunities to climb high and reach for the stars, can we preserve the golden dream of America as the champion of peace and freedom among the nations of the world.”
– President Ronald Reagan, November 5, 1984