June 2016 -- "I wrote my poem, Answering The Call, in 2005 ... when America's troops were still heavily engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan with support for these valiant warriors still very strong by an overwhelming majority of their fellow Americans back home.
And while my youngest son (now a Marine veteran) returned home safely after serving in Iraq during 2003 (stop-loss deployment) ... my role as the founder of USA Patriotism! kept me very informed about our troops ongoing heroic efforts and the casualties too ... including fallen Army Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith becoming the first hero in the War On Terrorism to receive the Medal of Honor (posthumously) on April 4, 2005.
In fact, what President George W. Bush said at SFC Paul Smith's Medal of Honor ceremony ... started my thoughts for this poem ... finalizing it shortly before September 11, 2005.
Then reading the poem again in June 2016 with the mindset for many Americans much different then in 2005 for many reasons ... I decided to create the Answering The Call video with the narration from my poem ... along with music that should be dear to every American's heart ... all underscoring what Americans have always done since the birth of our beloved great country ... safeguarding Her and our priceless freedom!" David G. Bancroft
Look around and you will see so many reasons why America remains strong and free, as it has never been about "I", but being united as "WE" the People of the USA... going forward every single day doing what must be done as a collective one to keep Old Glory flying high no matter the what, when, where, or why.
It is answering the call, giving our national all, doing the very best, overcoming every test... and never settling for anything less than America's continued success.
And it has been so in triumphing over every foe, providing aid to others in another land, and giving a helping hand to our very own whose lives have been thrown in sad disarray from mother nature's deadly play or by a terrible manmade way.
Nor should there be any doubt what Americans are all about, as we are not ones that just shout... but come forward and stand tall, when answering the call!
By David G. Bancroft Founder USA Patriotism! Copyright 2005 All Rights Reserved Listed September 6, 2005 Video added June 2016