It is 2220 hours here in the heartland and the announcement has been made that Senator Barack Obama has been elected to be the next President of the United States of America.
I am listening to Senator John McCain's concession speech. It is spectacular.
Our great country is taking another step forward in its growth. I was never sure that I would live to see this day. Now our work has just begun to bring this country together for a more prosperous time where we can all benefit.
It is now 2320 hours and I have just listened to one of the most inspiring speeches I have had the privilege to hear. I am filled with so much positiveness and hope that I may find it difficult to get to sleep tonight. As I think back over my lifetime and some of my duties as a Military Police officer, I am overwhelmed that we have reached this place and time. When President-elect mentioned the events of the civil rights movement, I was reminded of the very small part I played in some of those events. I am proud to be an American. The best is yet to come. It will take time and a lot of effort, but we shall achieve. All we have to do is to serve with integrity, care about those we serve and share the love in our hearts and souls.