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United We Stand 4.93/5 (135)

September 11th, 2001. December 7th, 1941. April 12th, 1861. April 19th, 1775. Through it all, united we stand.

All of these dates have tested our resolve as a nation. Trials and tribulations have been numerous for our young nation, but somehow we have always come out united as one. Multiple times has violence reared it’s ugly head and threatened to rip our nation apart, to see us cower in defeat and to see this great American experiment ended prematurely. It did not happen.

United We Stand

The greatest empire the world had ever seen became tyrannical and patriots answered the call. Uniting thirteen colonies in a war that would see the British Empire defeated and our country born.

The civil war, when brother fought brother, the states so at odds that roughly 620,000 lives had to be lost before we were once again reconciled. It was a horrible affair. But our nation came through, better for it. United we stand.

An attack that shocked and surprised us, killing 2,403 men and women, crippling our Pacific fleet. Yet we powered through. We picked ourselves up, set to work, united. In the years that followed, despite the initial sucker punch, the United States inflicted such violence upon the enemy that unconditional surrender was the only option the enemy had left. United we stand.

Aircraft struck the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. We saw men and women leaping from the tall buildings rather than be burned inside. For the first time, we watched the carnage live. We were filled with righteous and furious anger. Weeks later, we fought to topple the regime who had supported the highjackers. United We Stand.

Through our history, many have inflicted what they thought to be fatal wounds on us. Enemies from outside and from within have sought to disrupt this great experiment that we are all a part of. They failed. Even now with our future uncertain, let us never forget, United We Stand.

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  1. Steven D Broadbent
    August 10, 2018 at 11:47 am — Reply

    As a forced Retirement Firefighter who struggles with PTSD this hits home (also a vet non combat not deployed). Unfortunately PTSD is a double edged sword for those of us in the EMS world. If not for our military bringing it to the surface it would have continued to be swept under the rug in our world. Thank you to all that have come before me to all those that will follow and to all that paid the ultimate price!

    • Michael O'Brien
      August 11, 2018 at 11:27 pm — Reply

      Brother Steve,

      You can drop the D form PTSD. You do not have a disorder. You are human and have seen some horrible things. Any of us can have these issues and the disorder makes you seem like the victim. You are a Warrior and will win this battle. Be well and GOD Bless.

  2. Joy Radezky
    August 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm — Reply

    Thank you first of all for your awesome service for our great country. And thank you for starting this business!

  3. Scott Miller
    August 10, 2018 at 2:56 pm — Reply

    Amen Brother! We don’t have to agree on everything in order to work toward a common good.

  4. Eric Given
    August 10, 2018 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    My family came here in the latter part of the 1600’s, a lot like Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, we have had a family member serve in every conflict up to the current war on terrorism. Pride in this great nation of ours runs deep, grateful to GOD, our service members, first responders and for all of those who “stand” united in the furtherment of this great experiment

  5. August 11, 2018 at 12:56 am — Reply

    As a Firefighter this is my heart many of my Brothers did not go home that day but made the ultimate sacrifice so manyof is fear every day we put a Uniform on. Fire Police and Military we all have a job to protect and we do it not thinking about what could happen to us most of the time. Then when it does like 911 after a short period of time people forget about us !!! Stay safe my Brothers and Sisters and watch each others back they way we have been trained because NO ONE ELSE IS WATCHING!!!!! Q. CAPTAIN NY

  6. Mayt
    August 11, 2018 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    To the men and women who saved so many lives that day after TERRORISTS took so many civilian lives, THANK YOU! Your debt can never be repaid, we can start by taking care of all of the first responders who have on going issues from that terrorist attack, then the families who will beat the burdens forever without mothers fathers sons and daughters, and finally the warriors that flew across the globe to bury evil in the sea. Thank you from a grateful Nation that would not be free without your sacrifice! Freedom IS NOT free!

  7. Susan
    August 12, 2018 at 10:11 am — Reply

    I am an American woman who holds her head up high,every time I wear one of my grunt style t shirts.
    Thank you for giving all us Americans a chance to show our spirit wearing your shirts!!

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John spent four years as a 0351, Infantry Assaulltman in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to the city of Ramadi, Iraq with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. After leaving the Marine Corps in 2008 John pursued a degree in Kinesiology from Texas Lutheran University. During his time at TLU, John was fortunate enough to play football for a year and serve the local community as a volunteer firefighter. After graduating John worked as a personal trainer for few years before coming to work at American Grit. John is also the proud owner of a great beard.