It was 200 years ago this September that a Washington, D.C. attorney, Francis Scott Key, wrote a firsthand account on his observations of a British bombing of American troops at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Later it was set to music, and in 1931 Congress named Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” our National Anthem.
Few things are more emblematic of the American Dream than this patriotic song. On July 10 at Globe Life Park, a group of men proudly marched onto the field and sang our National Anthem. They sang loudly, with pride and ownership of America’s finest song.
Little did most of the crowd know, while buying snacks and finding their seats, settling in before the first pitch of the Texas Rangers game, that these Men of Nehemiah are recovering drug abusers, alcoholics and worse. At one point most were homeless, living on the streets. Prior to changing their lives through this wonderful outreach program, they experienced a bottom that most of us will never know.
Their stirring performance at the baseball stadium was a vivid reminder that the American Dream is accessible and achievable. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and no two person’s versions are the same. I’m not suggesting everyone will own a business, become super wealthy, and hobnob with Tom Cruise or LeBron James. However, to better oneself by taking full advantage of the myriad opportunities our country has to offer – just as the Men of Nehemiah have – is as feasible today as ever.
I’ll remember that scene at home plate for a long time. It was inspirational and serves as an eloquent reminder that the American Dream is alive and well.
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