Note: This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) I'll be contacting people who supported Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination. I'll be asking hundreds of such people to offer their full support (on their blogs and through contributions) to Senator John McCain. From all indications, Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee. Senator Obama differs from Gov. Huckabee (and John McCain) on every major issue -- from the sanctity of life to the War on Terrorism. As Bill Clinton recently observed, John McCain has given everything imaginable to his country, "aside from giving his life." He deserves the support of all thoughtful Americans.
I'll be back with my regular columns on Monday. Thanks as always for visiting. Your comments are always welcome. The following material from John McCain's "Service to America" tour -- Day 1.
Where the McCain story begins - The family traditions of duty, honor and sacrifice shaped John McCain from an early age and guided his vision for the future. Meridian is the home of McCain Field named after John McCain's grandfather, an admiral in the U.S. Navy.
An excerpt from John McCain's speech in Meridian:
"A distant ancestor served on General Washington's staff, and it seems my ancestors fought in most wars in our nation's history. All were soldiers - both Henry and Bill McCain were West Pointers - until my grandfather broke family tradition and entered the Naval Academy in 1902. He was succeeded there by my father, then me, and then my son."
Click here to read more about day one, including John McCain's full speech, a blog report from the road and the day's video.