I have visited Israel over a dozen times and I had the honor to witness this remarkable transition firsthand. It is invigorating to see a country come together both to grieve and to celebrate, and I cannot help but reflect upon our own history and the importance of paying tribute to those who have sacrificed for this nation.
I cannot help but draw inspiration from the proud nation, and I believe that our own country can learn something from Israel. The United States is a much larger and more diverse country, yet even here we should find more opportunities to come together as one group of people to celebrate the incredible blessing of living in this amazing land.
As we continue to heal from the sharp rifts that were created by the most recent presidential election, we must remember where we have been and where we want to go. We owe an eternal debt of gratitude to the veterans who put everything on the line for us all, and we must continue to teach our children about the sagacity of our founding fathers, who laid a strong foundation for the beacon of inspiration and freedom we have become.
As Americans, we can do so much more when we are united than divided. Our country has demonstrated a unique propensity to come together, but this has often been following times of distress, such as emerging from the Civil War, prevailing in World War II, overcoming the Great Depression and moving past the attacks of September 11. We need to constantly remind ourselves that in good times and in bad, we are all Americans.
We are all entitled to our own opinions and political views about how best to manifest the kind of country we want, but that must never be a cause of perpetual conflict.
America has achieved so much in the past, but we also have limitless promise ahead of us. Each of us must recommit ourselves daily to doing all that we can do to make this country a better home for all of us. That is our challenge, but it is also our destiny.