These are things that I and millions of Americans everywhere affirm as principles independent of any faith, race or creed. We won't give in to fear, ignorance, superstition and bigotry. We will run harder and stronger, cheer louder and longer, live freer and hold our liberty dearer, than we ever have before. We will do this because it's who we are. We will do this because we're Americans.
Sunday, I will join more than 20,000 athletes in that most rare of occurrences, a sporting event that transcends sports. Buoyed by our own emotions and the support from all of you, we will run like the wind, striving with every step to show the world the indomitable spirit of America.
Am I still going to run? Heck no. I am going to fly.
Fagin is a professor of computer science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.