Emery McClendon: A Well-Deserved Salute to America

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Along with countless others, I agree that the  expanded Independence Day festivities in Washington, DC on July Fourth, which President Trump dubbed a “Salute to America,” was a very monumental event.

And it took place at a critical time in our nation’s history.

The timing of our President in trying to bring this apolitical event to fruition is incredibly important.

Americans have become too divided. I pray it is not too late to reunite us.

This was an event that should have united Americans and given us all a renewed sense of patriotism. But the media and others who bear ill-will toward our President and his supporters seemed willing to do everything they could to smear the celebration before it was even got out of the planning stages.

This is an event that should have been televised on every major television network and given the opportunity to be admired by every American – regardless of their political leanings.

It didn’t happen because many of the media outlets chose to ignore the celebration altogether. Those that did, like CNN, cut away for commercials and commentary that was disrespectful during a salute to our military.

As a result, many of our citizens missed a great opportunity to learn about our nation’s history, its greatness and the important role that many Americans played throughout our nation’s history – including the role of those who have served and are still serving in our armed forces to defend our freedom and the American Dream.

We need more events like the “Salute to America” to rebuild our love of God and country. We are finding ourselves lacking when it comes to the history of our nation and the knowledge of our founding principles. People need to be reminded, especially those who are younger and may never have properly learned this history at all.

It is time for all of us to reflect on what it means to be an American. Our President, and those involved with planning this event, have given us a glimpse of why we should be proud of our country.

It’s our duty to celebrate and give a united salute  To America! And not just this year, but every year.

“Freedom And Liberty / Use Them Or Lose Them!”

Emery McClendon

Emery McClendon of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is married to Queenie, they are the parents of three sons. He served in the U.S. Air Force, the Indiana Air Guard, is a former Ft. Wayne Police Reserve Officer, Allen County Sheriff Deputy, and Indiana State Trooper. He is a life member of the DAV. Emery organized Amateur Radio communications for the national Glen Beck Rally For The Troops in 2003, and founded Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day www.armad.net. After visiting the White House in 2007 he became involved in politics as a speaker, Tea Party Leader, and state coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. He organized the Fort Wayne Tea Party Rally with Dr. Alan Keyes, the keynote speaker. He received the Americans For Prosperity / Rightonline 2010 "Activist Of The Year" award, The Amateur Radio Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award, The Madison County Indiana "American" Award, The Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award; and a U.S. Flag was flown in his honor at Flallugah, Iraq. Recipient 2010 Americans For Prosperity "Activist Of The Year Award" www.armad.net Contact Emery at [email protected].

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