Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
George Washington was the first President of the United States and led the Continental Army to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War of 1775. Following the end of the war in 1783, Washington retired to his plantation on Mount Vernon, prompting even King George III to name him "the greatest man in the world."
George Washington drafted the United States Constitution in 1787. Washington became President of the United States in 1789 and established many of the customs and usages of the new government's executive department. He sought to create a great nation capable of surviving in a world torn by war between Britain and France. He supported plans to build a strong central government by funding the national debt, implementing an effective tax system and creating a national bank.
Maj Kevin Dolata, an F-15 Eagle pilot from the 1st Fighter Wing, and Maj Charles Corcoran, an F/A-22 Raptor, a pilot assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron, fly in formation in route to a training area off the coastline of Virginia, April 5, 2005. (USAF Photo by TSgt Ben Bloker)