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David G. Bancroft, Founder of USA Patriotism!August 24, 2016 ... I wrote my poem, Beacon of Freedom, in 2003 when my youngest son was serving with the Marines in Iraq. And while words can never properly describe the overwhelming emotions that my wife and I experienced during this period ... there came a point during his combat duty that I felt it was necessary to express how I always felt about our beloved America ... that should never be compromised for ... by anyone regardless of the reason ... especially for political gain ... Nor was it ever the Founding Fathers' intent ... as shown by their efforts to produce the constitution ... the foundation of our great nation.

Then after reading the poem again 13 years later ... I felt Beacon of Freedom should be expressed with a video ... allowing for a visual sense ... of what being an American entails ... that could only be based ... on the efforts of American generations before ... allowing for today's Americans ... to bask in the freedoms inherited ... and keep ... Her beacon brightly lit!

David G. Bancroft, USA Patriotism! founder

Beacon of Freedom

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Take a look at what has been...
when other countries have achieved,
with power supreme,
spreading their reach beyond their shores
to conquer, annex, and dominate
a land not their own,
bringing foreign rule to another nation's home.
Even history calls many great empires
with some bringing civilization to those enslaved,
who still did eventually rise up to repel.

Yet, it cannot be said of America...
Born out of freedom
to practice one's belief without oppression,
growing and maturing with a citizenship so diverse,
America has always stood tall,
answering the call,
using might to protect Her own
and defend others when in need.

Bravely have our young women and men given their all,
with so many staining a foreign land red,
their collective, valiant efforts easily seen,
and possibly nothing more satisfying than the children
being able to sleep safely in bed...
then leaving once the enemy dares not to tread.

And while others might say differently,
they do so falsely for their own gain,
ignoring the simple proof of history
that shows what could have been,
if our great nation had chosen a different course.

It makes one give thanks
for the Divine Hand,
Who has guided America to Her destiny...
a Beacon of Freedom,
shining brightly even in the darkest of times!
David G. Bancroft, Founder of USA Patriotism! By David G. Bancroft
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