Today I’m on my fourth trip with Honor Flight Upstate SC. It’s always an honor to join some of South Carolina’s bravest – those who stormed beaches in Normandy and scaled islands in the Pacific to defend human liberty. Being on these flights always reminds me of President Reagan’s warning that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
As we grapple with existential challenges to our national existence, from crushing deficits and staggering debts to attacks on our embassies overseas and the continued threat of jihadists who seek out utter destruction, we can draw strength from the example of the “Greatest Generation.” They believed in America, in her exceptionalism and her values. As such, they were willing to do the hard work of defending freedom, not defer problems to future generations.
I pray that we, as South Carolinians, as Americans, rise up to restore our state and rebuild our nation. That’s what we seek to do every single day on Common Cents. An important part of that rebuilding of our future is the remembrance of our past, which is why I take these Honor Flight trips… and take them so seriously.
Please join me in honoring these American Heroes & Freedom Fighters by welcoming them back home tonight at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at 7:45pm.