Maj. Gen. McMaster: July 4th is a 'chance to celebrate' American values

Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s office was bare Wednesday as he prepares to relinquish command of Fort Benning next week.

McMaster will be moving to Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Fort Eustis, Va., and Maj. Gen. Austin S. Miller will leading Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

McMaster sat down with the Ledger-Enquirer for an exit interview Thursday that will publish July 13.

But one exchange seems appropriate for today.

Question: What does the Fourth of July mean to you?

“The Fourth of July is obviously an opportunity to celebrate what it means to be an American, and I think in particular the values and truths that we held to be self-evident in our Declaration of Independence,” McMaster said. “First among those are the freedom to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And then also the values our country was founded on men and women are created equal, and so forth.

“I think it’s a chance to celebrate what it means to be an American, and then also for those of us in the military to recommit ourselves to protecting our nation and what it stands for.”