- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Wednesday, August 16, 2000

My fellow delegates.
My fellow Americans.
Someone once wrote, "Poor is the nation that has no heroes.
Poorer still is the nation that has them but forgets."
Max is right.
This country - this Party — must remember.
Tonight we celebrate those who have come from every corner of America to fight our battles on every continent in this world.
We thank the families they have left behind to make the most priceless sacrifice of all… precious time with the people most precious to them.
From the heroes who fire weapons to those who fire welding torches…
from those who wear camouflage to those who teach in the classrooms…
their countless acts of quiet courage are the heart of America itself.
You know, there's a paradox about the military.
It's a life of rules and restraint.
We accept limitations on what we eat… do… wear.
But there is no force more liberating than the knowledge that you are fighting for others.
I believe I speak for Max and every person who has ever served when I say I never felt more free than when I wore the uniform of our country.
I am a Democrat because our party has believed for two centuries that to fight for the freedom of others- whether chained by dictators abroad or despair at home- is to free ourselves.
So at a moment when we enact this ritual of selecting our leaders… let's pay tribute to those who have made that freedom possible.
Most of them won't have their name on any placard.
But we will… we must remember their deeds.
And let us vow to keep America strong in honor of those who fought, who bled, who died… and were strong for America.

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