Service To Country and Community…

Supporters listen to Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during a campaign stop about \”Service to Country and Community\”in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

This was a great speech today and it really sends chills down my spine about what America can be…

Barack Obama spoke today about service to our country and service to our community.Whether it\’s service in the military defending our country or the volunteer who helps children or the elderly in his or hers community or the peace corp volunteer in Africa. There is honor and fulfillment in service…

\” And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what American will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.\”- John F. Kennedy\’s Inaugural speech. 01/1961

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a campaign stop in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Obama, \”These days, it’s easy for us to get caught thinking that there are two different stories at work in our lives. There is the story of our day-to-day cares and responsibilities – the classes you have to take or the bills you have to pay; the bustle and busyness of what happens in your own life. And then there is the story of what’s happening in the wider world – a story seen in headlines and websites and televised images; a story experienced only through the price you pay at the pump or the extra screening you pass through at the airport.

This is the divide that separates you from the ability to shape your own destiny. So I am asking you – on this 4th of July – to reject that divide, to step into the strong currents of history, and to shape your country’s future. Because your own story and the American story are not separate, they are shared. And they will both be enriched if together, we answer a new call to service to meet the challenges of our new century\”.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Obama, \”There is a lesson to be learned from generations who have served – from soldiers and sailors; airmen and Marines; suffragists and freedom riders; teachers and doctors; cops and firefighters. It’s the lesson that in America, each of us is free to seek our own dreams, but we must also serve a common purpose, a higher purpose. When you choose to serve – whether it’s your nation, your community, or simply your neighbor – you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That is why this is a great nation. Because time and again, Americans have been willing to serve on stages both great and small; to draw on the same spirit that launched America’s improbable journey to meet the challenges of each defining moment in our history\”.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Obama, \”We need your service, right now, at this moment – our moment – in history. I’m not going to tell you what your role should be; that’s for you to discover. But I am going to ask you to play your part; ask you to stand up; ask you to put your foot firmly into the current of history. I am asking you to change history’s course. And if I have the fortune to be your President, decades from now – when the memory of this or that policy has faded, and when the words that we will speak in the next few years are long forgotten – I hope you remember this as a moment when your own story and the American story came together, and – in the words of Dr. King – the arch of history bent once more towards justice\”.

See link below for more details about Obama\’s National Service Plan…

A Call to Serve

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/laurinmanning/gGxsR7

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Yes We Can!

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