After living here in Europe steeped in its history, I read the Declaration of Independence today with a new appreciation of just how radical our ancestors were. To see all men as created equal, to endow them with unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and to declare that government derives its power by the consent of those governed are truly unique and radical ideas compared to how most of Europe and the rest of the world was governed in those days.
So today I'd like to thank my Dad and other veterans for their service and for risking their lives to defend and uphold the freedom of the United States and its radical ideal of democracy for all.
Relief of a induction center during WWII.
My Dad spent some time working in one in Columbus, GA which is where he met my Mom.