In 1943, the United States and the rest of the world, faced its greatest threat. Germany, Japan, and Italy with the other Axis powers, had conquered vast areas of the globe. The Allies were beginning to make progress, clearing North Africa, invading Sicily and Italy, and conquering some Pacific Islands, but the road ahead looked long and difficult. It would prove to be so.
This poster reminded the people of 1943 of their heritage, that Americans fight for liberty. In the Revolutionary War, the American colonists faced the greatest military power of the time and prevailed. Their example inspired World War II soldiers to fight for freedom at home and abroad despite the odds.
Likewise, we can learn much from the past. When I think of what men and women of the 1940s endured so we could be free in 2013, it inspires me to embrace their values.
This Fourth of July, remember what made America great – our love of liberty, our willingness to fight for what’s right, our ingenuity, our flexibility, our sense of humor, our diversity, and our moral strength – and embrace it. Keep America great by keeping Americans good.