Monday, June 30, 2014

Dr. Faulkner: Independence Day

As we approach the Independence Day celebration on the 4th, there is always a rise in patriotism, and rightly so.  At the church where Wanda and I are members, we celebrated and gave thanks for the providence of God to America.  As is our custom, we also honored those that have served in the military.  During a musical performance in which the theme song of each branch of service was sung, the flags of the five branches were presented.  Those in attendance that had served were invited to stand during the presentation of their respective flags.  I was particularly moved as an elderly gentleman, leaning on his cane, saluted the flag of the Air Force. I was reminded of the saying, “All gave some, some gave all,” and I thought of those that were not present because they had given their lives in service to their country.

The news is all abuzz over the actions of actress Amy Adams.  On a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles she gave her first class seat to a serviceman in uniform.  Good for her!  We can all be mindful of showing our gratitude to those who serve.  At graduation this year, it was moving to recognize those graduates that are active military or veterans and they received a well deserved applause.  I am proud that Vol State is a Military Friendly Institution.

I’m also reminded of the role the college plays in maintaining freedom.  Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison said, “"And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. . . .  They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."  An educated electorate is the only guarantee for liberty.  And so we have the responsibility to educate and inform so that as citizens of America, our students can make wise decisions.

Happy Fourth of July!

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