As America approaches the anniversary of our greatest challenge, I feel especially blessed to be a citizen of this fair land. We have overcome every adversity and obstacle that has attempted to erode the freedom and security we cherish.
In "Hometown Pride," I'm trying to evoke the very essence of the American dream -the peace and precious freedoms that continue to be our birthright. In his celebrated Four Freedoms paintings, Norman Rockwell recognizes Freedom from Fear as one of the cardinal protections Americans enjoy. That is the spirit-the message if you will-of this proud painting.