An emo­tional re­sponse to com­mis­sion­ing of USS Ford

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “Trump com­mis­sions new car­rier,” July 23 news story.

Watch­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of the new and in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive USS Ger­ald R. Ford made me quite emo­tional. See­ing our de­voted sailors and of­fi­cers gave me an un­usu­ally good feel­ing about our coun­try. We still stand as the only na­tion with the power to pre­vent global war­fare and pre­serve the ac­tual mean­ing of free­dom. The con­cept of peace through strength is prob­a­bly more im­por­tant now than ever be­fore. It is the in­escapable les­son of his­tory.

This new car­rier was ex­pen­sive, but how­ever ex­pen­sive de­fense may be, it is a lot less ex­pen­sive than war, and cer­tainly less ex­pen­sive than los­ing one. Na­tional de­fense is the sin­gle most es­sen­tial re­spon­si­bil­ity of our fed­eral govern­ment. With­out this we have noth­ing, no lib­erty or free­dom, no na­tional value and no coun­try. We can only hope that our coun­try con­tin­ues to pos­sess the most ad­vanced mil­i­tary in the world, for with­out this coun­try and its de­vo­tion to peace and free­dom, the world would be a pretty ter­ri­ble place. Bill Hi­neser, Ar­vada

Carolyn Kaster, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump boards Ma­rine One on the flight deck of the USS Ger­ald R. Ford on July 22 af­ter the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony of the air­craft car­rier.

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