Listen! Americans! Listen for echoes, echoes of the past.

Reverberating for more than two hundred years.

Drumbeats still resounding in the ears of millions

Living in the land our forefathers struggled to make free

Free for a tomorrow they would not see

But hoping their belief and trust in God would bring freedom and happiness to all people of America.

Listen for echoes from battle fields where men gave their lives

For faith in our ancestry and what it stood for.

Brave, heroic soldiers in an era when religion, society and politics were the hope of the country not frustrated by bureaucracy or hypocrisy.

Listen for echoes of voices from those battlefields.

They are telling us to renew our trust and confidence in our heritage that has survived so many years.

By Vivian Lauderdale Martin

June 24, 2008