Improvise, adapt and overcome. These three words have echoed through the ears of countless recruits aspiring to join the world’s finest military. Likeminded mantras are impressed upon the candidates of fire stations, law enforcement, and medical responders across our great nation.
Similarly, this determination to succeed is found in nearly every facet of our country. This is who we are as Americans.
The dedication to this way of life is what inspired the founding of American Grit. Over the years, we have devoted ourselves to showing the best of these values. It is our privilege to recount the stories of heroes, and patriots who selflessly went above the call of duty.
These are the stories that inspire the next generation of American patriots, and they must be told.
However, we also have a solemn duty to balance this with critical analysis of our country’s path. This includes advocating for justice, and fair treatment of our Veterans, first responders and compatriots. We must be willing to hold the line and be a voice for truth when many would cast darkness for their own devices.
We must fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. This we'll defend.
Consequently, these actions merely maintain the framework that supports the weight of freedom. The heart of our democratic republic is built upon the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We also bear the responsibility of living full and complete lives. We are free to enjoy the beauty and splendor of these lands, while becoming the best version of ourselves.
This is how we honor the sacrifice of those who came before us.
It is not enough to simply contemplate being suitable stewards of our precious liberty.
Moreover, it is right and proper to put purpose to our words, and action to our thoughts. These
are the guiding principles that inspire us to run the good race and find the perseverance to pass the baton of freedom to the next generation. This innate resolution lives within us all.
We are American Grit.
About the author: Daniel Sharp is an OIF and OEF veteran who deployed five times while serving in the United States Marine Corps infantry. He is the founder of Pop Smoke Media, and an advocate for veterans, and those still serving.