Veterans Day and Principled Patriots

The year is 1939.  The buzz is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, this Frank Capra hit starred Jimmy Stewart as Mr. Smith, the principled patriot.  Steadfast in his convictions, Mr. Smith inspired America with his simple love and dedication to our great county amidst political corruption and betrayal.

A true patriot himself, Jimmy Stewart served as a Major General in the United States Army Air Force and Air Force Reserves from 1941-1968.  Playing the part of Mr. Smith, Stewart’s personal passion for America is evident in his memorable motivational speech in the film’s closing scene.  Mr. Smith (Stewart) is speaking to fellow members of Congress, entreating them to return to the unselfish and unwavering commitment to America and to disregard personal egos and motivations.

In honor of Veterans Day and the men and women who have followed Mr. Smith’s convictions to protect liberty, here are Mr. Smith’s passionate closing remarks. May we too espouse these noble principles:

“Just get up off the ground, that’s all I ask. Get up there with that lady that’s up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won’t just see scenery; you’ll see the whole parade of what Man’s carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so’s he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That’s what you’d see.”



James Stewart. Retrieved November 12, 2012 from

Mr. Smith goes to Washington. Retrieved November 12, 2012 from


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