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LETTER: The American's Creed

"I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people: whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable, established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

"I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies."

The American's Creed ... Most Americans don't know we have such a thing. The American's Creed quoted above was written in 1918 by William Tyler Page. He submitted and won in a contest of more than 3,000 contestants and was awarded $1,000, which he used to buy Liberty Bonds and gave them to his church. He spent his life from age 13 to his death in 1942 serving his country's government starting as a page. We should have more like him. I just wanted to pass this on as we take time to recognize those that gave so much to this country.

-- Ray Girardin

Captain USMC Retired

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