When I used to say the Pledge of Allegiance in school I always believed there was something more to our country than that (I was young). When we recited and learned the Preamble to the United States Constitution I got a little more convinced there was more. As I was growing up I always felt the desire to do more with my life but never had a direction. I tried to join the Michigan State Police when I was 19 and was told I had to wait until I was 21. When I turned 21 I went to sign up and they measured me, I was 5′8 and 3/4 inches…a quarter inch too short. They told me to come back early in the morning the next day because we get shorter as the day progresses, I was 5′9″.
Next my vision was 20/200 uncorrected and had to be 20/40 uncorrected but was told by the Captain in charge that if I joined the ‘Air Force Security Police’ and got that training they would waive that requirement. I did that but found out 2 years into my hitch that the Captain had retired and “no that requirement could not be waived”. I did take the oath to the Constitution when I joined the Air Force but was so focused on becoming a Michigan State Police Officer and the other things around basic training I barely noticed what I was saying. I was aware enough as a 22 year old to know that I had signed a blank check to the country for my life in the last two years of the Viet Nam war.
After an honorable discharge from the Air Force I was able to join the Cheyenne Police Department in Cheyenne Wyoming where I served the community for 11 years. When I was sworn in as a police officer there was ‘that’ oath to the constitution again but this time it was different, as I took that oath I reflected on all the times I cited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the United States Constitution and when I was sworn into the Air Force. IT wasn’t different, but something was, what was it that made tears well up inside me this time, what was it that made me feel so proud to be an American this time, so willing to put my life on the line to protect anyone that couldn’t protect themselves this time.
To be honest I didn’t know and it took years for me to figure it out. As it turns out for me it was and is the FREEDOM. The freedom to be part of something that is bigger than myself, the freedom to stand proud for something that should be cherished, the freedom to speak out against things that are wrong and above all else the freedom to stand beside my forefathers and founding fathers and die for something worth dying for, The United States of America.
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