John Kerry American Courage Tour
September 2, 2003
Temple of the Performing Arts
Des Moines, Iowa
"As I look around at my crewmates and the veterans here today,
I am reminded that the best lessons I learned about being
an American came in a place far away from America -- on a gunboat
in the Mekong Delta with a small crew of volunteers."
"The most powerful economic engine in this nation has always been
opportunity -- the ability for anyone from any start in life, to get a good education,
to go to work, to start a business, to take an idea and change the world."