One of the great things about America is how we pitch in to make things better. No one tells us we have to do it. We do what we can — even when the odds are against us. That initiative, generosity, and optimism is the essence of citizen service. It’s why I called our organization Spirit of America.
Long ago I received an email from 1st Lieutenant Paul St. Pierre, a retired Marine. He wrote, “I am not a wealthy person and feel that I can’t donate money in large amounts, however, I do have a very little used harmonica that is capable of putting out excellent music. Can you use it?” Paul wanted to support our work alongside US troops and thought the harmonica might help build goodwill.
Paul’s email really touched me.
I asked Paul to send his harmonica. I still have it. A picture is below. It’s a powerful symbol to all of us at Spirit of America to do what we can no matter how great the challenge.
Because of that ethos, there are troops with lives and limbs today. People in the most difficult situations imaginable have gained hope and a helping hand. Countless lives have been saved. We have demonstrated America is a force for good. All because Americans did their part.
In the world today, what America stands for is more important than ever. To help our troops preserve the promise of a free and better life, we all need to do our part.
We need your support. Please do what you can with a gift to Spirit of America. Thank you.
Founder and CEO