I got an email tonight from one of my supporters during last year's campaign. She was glad to hear about this campaign.
She and I had an extended visit last year during which I heard a first hand account of what America has meant to Vietnam.
The Vietnamese are grateful for America to this day. Their respect for Senator John McCain is still at astronomical levels. To them, America stands for freedom, and nowhere is that better represented than in how many of them can live their lives right here in Northern Virginia. They still wish the same for their home country.
She lost her husband years ago, and has missed him very much ever since. It's not been easy for her. (I'm sure my Mom can relate.) She has family here in our area. She also wrote to tell me that she is traveling to Georgia and California this month, and then to Southeast Asia, and "might remain there for a long time." A friend is departing.
Friends, this is why we support our military. America stands for the cause of freedom at home and abroad. We stand for the cause of liberty so that all people may know what is the width and length and depth and height of freedom. May they live it here. May they be able to take it home with them.
President Kennedy said, "Our strength as well as our convictions have imposed upon this nation the role of leader in freedom's cause."
Read this in Vietnamese