Friday, February 21, 2014

America’s Breath of Life: Resuscitating the Heart of the Nation

A heart pounding life-or-death drama from a Florida expressway gives hope to humanity. It also inspires America to reawaken its heart through courage, compassion and character.
A woman driving on a Florida expressway pulled over screaming for help when her 5-month-old nephew stopped breathing on Thursday afternoon, February 20, 2014.
Motorists stuck in traffic rushed to help Pamela Rauseo perform CPR on her nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz, on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami. Photographer Al Diaz was behind Rauseo and helped get the attention of a police officer who aided in resuscitation efforts. The baby boy was taken to a hospital, where he was listed as stable.
This incident magnificently captures America’s call to character which I have been addressing in my presentations, articles, newest book and blogs as follows:

D-Day: Reawakening America's Courage, Compassion, Character-June 5, 2003 Blog

On June 6, 1944 the Western Allies began the Invasion of Normandy in an effort to free mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. Despite suffering heavy casualties, the courage shown by the United States and Allied Forces on that day showed a moral strength and commitment to liberate the weak and oppressed who were being murdered by Hitler and the Nazis.

As our nation commemorates D-Day, when moral courage was demonstrated through the heroism, determination and sacrifices of individuals who laid down their lives for others, we must pause with reverence.

An event that took place on the streets of Hartford, Connecticut on June 5, 2008 must convict our consciences and ignite our passion to realign our moral compass and reawaken the heart of America. An elderly man was hit by a driver who fled the scene and no one did anything to help the critically injured man. The scene was captured on video so that all could witness the indifference, insensitivity and irreverence of the driver and the many bystanders.

This tragic incident must set our nation's soul afire to a renewal of compassion, character and community.

As we remember the legacy of D-Day so many years ago, let us also remember the values for which so many lives were sacrificed.

D-Day Voices of Veterans (5:25)
D-Day Tribute 1 (3:36)
D-Day Tribute 2 (2:32)
<a HREF="">Play the clip on YouTube</A>


PBS American Experience D-DAY Click here to visit site



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