Defense Secretary James N. Mattis reminds us of the infantryman that willingly serves and sacrifices for his country, his family, and the ones that fight beside him.

“These high-spirited, rambunctious, young people look past the hot political rhetoric of our day and voluntarily sign a blank check payable to you, payable with their very lives,” he said.

“If we can be as uncomplicated in our hearts, and as steadfast in our purpose as our troops, we will do just fine, and so remain -quote- that shiny city on the hill.”

Mattis reference to the “city on the hill” goes back as far as 1630, when John Winthrop (future Massachusetts Bay governor) was travelling to the “New World” from England aboard the Arbella with other Puritans.

“We shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us,” he said while referring to their purpose.

The phrase’s most well known usage was during President Ronald Reagan’s farewell address in 1989.

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