I tend to feel more patriotic on the anniversary of 9/11 than I do on the Fourth of July. I think it’s because while I know that the American Revolution occurred it doesn’t feel as tangible to me as the 9/11 attacks. I think it’s a fatal flaw of the shortsightedness of human beings, we can be very knowledgeable of what happened 50, 100, 150 years ago but the impact of these events seemingly fade with time. The events that are happening now are a very real example of its citizens either forgetting the mistakes of the past or choosing to ignore them. That aside, it’s still a pretty great place to live.
You could argue that this last election was a good reason to limit voting rights but we’re a democracy and it was a prime example of Americans exercising their right to choose their leader. Literally anyone who can light a fire in the voters’ heart can be president – I think that’s pretty amazing.
Over 1 million service men and women whom I will never meet volunteer to protect my freedom. This doesn’t include those who lost their lives in service, veterans or reserves and they can’t be thanked enough for what they do.
I live in a metro area and am probably exposed to more cultures than others and while I love different cultures for their clothing and their food and their celebrations, I also love that we are all Americans. Once you’re here, you are part of us.
The stuff that every kid’s dreams are made of.
I am a conservative and don’t get why the government should get involved in marriage rights in the first place but I’m glad that a law was passed so that we can all love the way we want to.
Religion can be a scary thing in the wrong hands, I am glad that I live in a country where we aren’t ruled by it.
It’s a beautiful country, we have everything from arid deserts to swampy coasts and I still don’t feel as though I have seen enough of its vastness.
I know that there’s a lot of debate around who has the privilege of opportunity in America but think of the all of the people trying to get here for a taste of it – we have to be doing something right. Will everyone get to be a millionaire? No but you can build a pretty great life.
I can vote, I can drive, I can own a home, I can do just about anything that I want to as a female and it’s not something to be taken for granted.
Not only is Oprah the quintessential American success story but she’s a fascinating person who uses her influence for good. Her reputation of benevolence precedes her and I think she’s a fantastic example of an American.
That’s it, just a few of the reasons that I am proud to be an American and I hope that on this day of all days we can remember what it means to be an American.