Thirty-three and a half hours after take-off, Lindbergh landed in Paris, France, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. It was a world shaping event. Lindbergh had been just a young test pilot for a St. Louis firm, but overnight he became an international hero, decorated by our President and by the leaders of many other countries. If you haven’t seen the Jimmy Stewart movie about the Lindbergh flight, I urge you to rent it and give yourself a treat. Making the movie turned out to be a real challenge since most of the action took place in the cockpit of the plane, and Lindbergh’s chief companion for the flight was a common house fly.
This story of the first trans-Atlantic flight is typical of our American heritage. Industrial progress, technological marvels, and brave men setting un-heard of records are peppered all throughout our history. While liberals continue to silence any mention of American exceptionalism, I think it is key that we remind our young people of the many inventors, adventurers, and heroes who made their mark because they were raised with the idea of the American dream. Our wonderful freedom in American allows ordinary people through hard work and perseverance to become heroes of history.
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