Especially during this time of year, Oklahomans are on high alert for the possibility of severe weather. Just six years ago, my hometown of Moore was devastated by a massive and intense storm, which caused terrible damage and heartbreaking loss of life. Unfortunately, recent tornados and massive flooding have already dealt devastating blows to many communities across our state this year.
Ever since our brave forebearers declared America’s independence, the United States has been a beacon of liberty, hope and opportunity. Indeed, America is still regarded the world over as a land where success can be achieved regardless of where you’ve come from.
During Military Appreciation Month, we rightly join in expressing gratitude for our service members, their families and the daily sacrifices they make on our behalf. It is because of their selfless service that Americans wake up every day with the privilege of peace and freedom at home.