Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
				Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

The Great American Blend

By Thurman W. Adams
©2002. Thurman W. Adams

The United States of America is a country so diverse, formed from all races, the Native American Indian being the first. The Spanish, the Dutch, the Swedes, the French and more, all vied for the right to colonize our lands' fruitful fair shore. The English won the fight, her colony we became but we had not our freedom, which would become England's bane. We fought a war of independence, our own nation we would ordain and fought another war, thirty years later, to keep our country the same. Fifty years later, U. S. State would fight U. S. State, to rid America of slavery, racial prejudice and hate. The whole world watched this nation develop and grow, our most prized possession; our freedom, our flag, from above, would show. People, from all other lands, came to this country to be, citizens of this nation, the land of the free. So many faiths this nation has, each one different but each one the same, all believing in a higher power, just using a different name. Americans have fought for freedom, for each one of us, not always using a gun; Rosa Parks using the seat of a bus. Thomas Paine with a pamphlet, Franklin Roosevelt with a speech, Thurgood Marshall with legal opinions; our freedom to us would reach. President John F. Kennedy used a blockade, backing Khrushchev and Castro down, fighting with courage and bravery, making the world safer all around. Firefighters, police and our armed forces, their lives they would place on Liberty's alter, to keep the USAs' freedom standing tall, never to falter. Our nation is not perfect but it is the best this world has yet to see, for it is called the home of the brave and the land of the free. "The great melting pot" was a description of this nation, long ago, one did send, but I prefer to describe our country as, "The Great American Blend."

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