|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
Our hearts are aching for the Floyd family and we understand the anger and frustration that have led Americans across the country in protest to have their voices heard. At the same time, we appreciate the efforts of our first responders and National Guard members to ensure the protests remain in the spirit of what Dr. King preached, peaceful. What a privilege we have at AFBA/5Star Life to serve those that serve our nation.
As an elementary school student, I attended the March on Washington and heard Martin Luther King Jr., speak about our journey towards a more perfect Union. I lived through the civil rights movement and watched protests in the streets against the Vietnam War. At the time, I remember a fear that our country was coming apart–but it wasn’t. In fact, our country emerged stronger and our journey continued.
This is a time for unity, not fear. This is a time for peace, not violence. This is a time for love, not hate. Our country will emerge from this even stronger and our journey will continue. No matter what our disagreements may be, we are first and foremost Americans, and as Americans, UNITED WE STAND!
General Larry O. Spencer, USAF (Ret.)