Why are you Proud to Be an American?

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I got an e-mail this morning asking “Why are you Proud to be an American?”  For some reason, that caught my attention. I am really looking forward to the 4th of July, in all honesty,it’s because it’s a day I can spend with my family! But I realized that I  hadn’t put much thought into why I have the day off. So, here is why I am proud to be an American.

 I am proud to be an American because I wake each day knowing that who I become, is entirely up to me. Dreams do come true in America. We have freedom. With a vision, hard work and passion – anything is possible. 

 I am proud to be an American because I am granted the freedom to openly express my personal beliefs and opinions. If they differ from my neighbor’s, that’s okay, because it’s the culmination of these differences combined with respect that make our nation great. 

I am proud to be an American because we are a country willing to defend human rights and independence both inside our own nation and throughout the world.  We may not agree on the how’s and the why’s, but I am so thankful for our young men and women of many generations that have fought and continure to fight to protect our nations’ independence and to prevent human suffering around the world. 

 I am proud to be an American because as a nation, we care. We have heroes big and small; everyday there are random acts of kindness that we will never know about. We care about our neighbors, we care about strangers. We care about the world. We are diverse people of many different cultures and varying backgrounds, yet united, we make up this often crazy and mostly wonderful country called America. It doesn’t get any better than that and that is what makes me proud to be an American.  

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7 thoughts on “Why are you Proud to Be an American?

  1. It seems to me you should replace the word “proud” with “lucky”. In my book, pride is associated with personal achievement, and being born in a wealthy, democratic nation is hardly an achievement.

    The real question is: should your country be proud of you? Are you smart, creative, skilled or hard-working? If not, what do you have to be proud of? The label “American” means nothing in and of itself.

  2. I try to avoid potlitics as much as possible, and I do get what you are saying… but I meant proud. Yes, Lucky too, but proud as well. Being an American and what it represents makes me proud to be one. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in our country, but that’s the beauty of being an American and living in America. I can disagree and actively work for change. And…for the record, if not for the discussion of semantics, we probably are close to agreeing…haha!

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