US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the focus of the Lone Survivor books and films, was one of the key speakers on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland yesterday and his speech is one of the most talked about of the last 24 hours. [Scroll Down For Video]
Luttrell was initially greeted with loud, enthusiastic cheers of “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” before getting into his speech. He received an especially strong and enthusiastic welcome from the “Veterans for Trump” movement which seemingly had hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of members in attendance of the opening night of the convention.
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Luttrell spoke of needing a strong military and taking care of our country’s warriors after the fight was over. Luttrell said after spending time with and speaking to Donald Trump, he feels that he is the man for the job.
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At one point, you can tell Luttrell gets caught up in the emotion of the moment, abandons his teleprompter and starts speaking from the heart. Saying, “I’m used to speaking from the heart, so when I have to read this it goes wrong, so are you ready?”
Luttrell then enters into an impassioned speech about service and family that elicited both cheers and tears from members of the crowd,
He finished with the following sentiment:
I challenge each one you to fight for this country and each and every one of us. The world outside of our borders is a dark place, a scary place, America is the light. And her people are the goodness that grows from that. She’ll always be worth fighting for and it was my greatest honor to fight for her everyday of my adult life, alright? I just wanted to come up here and thank each and everyone of ya from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to serve you for twenty years and I swear to God I’m gonna spend the next twenty paying you back.
The video of the speech has been shared millions, if not tens of millions of times in the span of just 24 hours, making it one of the more viral moments from the convention thus far.