As a Hispanic and a minority, I have seen and personally witnessed racism throughout my 70 years on this earth.
I have always been proud to be an American, and that’s why I spent 20 years of my life wearing my country’s military uniform. But, having seen the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama this last time, it gave me a special sense and reason to be proud of being an American.
For the first time, I feel that all of us are included in this great country. Many from all walks of life gave some, and some gave all so that we could live in freedom and a more perfect union.
As I write this letter, tears stream from my eyes because I know what so many before me went through, so that not only I, but members of my family and members of other families could have the privilege and rights to enjoy the lives that we do today, tomorrow and forever.
As long as there are those who are willing to step up to defend our country, and do their best to make this a better country and world for all of us to live in, we will always be free to enjoy their sacrifice and wiliness to serve.
May God bless this country, our president and our leaders in order to move us forward to a more prosper and peaceful way of life for one and all.
As the song of the ‘60s said, “Be good to your fellow man, give him a helping hand, have a little love in your heart,” let’s live by those words and pray for a much better way of life. May the stars and stripes of our flag fly forever and be home of the free and of the brave.
Miguel R. Serda, Jr.