Character and Civility

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – In Congress, July 4, 1776 (The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America)


“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” – George Washington, April 30, 1789 (First Inaugural Address)


“Some things have not changed at all since 1776. For one thing, freedom is still expensive. It still costs money. It still costs blood. It still calls for courage and endurance, not only in soldiers, but in every man and woman who is free and who is determined to remain free.” – Harry Truman, July 4, 1951 (Address at ceremonies commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence)


As human beings, we are created equal by our Creator. As Americans, we are entrusted to preserve the sacred fire of liberty. And as Airmen, we know that freedom is never free. The Declaration of Independence was followed by our Constitution and then our Bill of Rights. Let us pray that our freedoms will be exercised with the character – and expressed with the civility – required of a republic.



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Chaplain, Maj John O’Brien

115th Fighter Wing Chaplain Corps

Truax Field, Madison, WI

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