On Independence Day we reflect on what it means to be American.
This year, a reader sent a beautiful piece about what it means to her to be an American.
Here it is, and I hope you will enjoy these lovely words as much as I do.
I Am An American:
"I am an American.
I am a product of many races that came to these shores, and some who were here before the pilgrims, I am sure.
Some of my heritage may be formed not in love, but in power over another, some in love that was frowned upon by others of the time, some because of a chance liaison on a lonely night, but that is my checkered and winding road to who I am.
I am an American who believes ALL men and women are created equal, to be respected no matter where they live or what color their skin, or the religion they follow, or do not follow.
I am an American who has had forefathers who fought for our freedom, and those who could not because of a disability but who worked the fields, built the homes for others who were left at home.
I am an American who believes that we are still a great nation of a many varied people with the same goal, to be our very best, to give our very best in all we do, and to care for those who cannot because of age or disability.
I am an American who cannot see our flag fall to the ground. I have been known to stop my car, and put it upright again when even a small one gets blown over from wind, and I become angry when someone who is an American stomps on it or burns it.
I am proud to be an American who votes every election because my forefathers fought for that privilege for me. I will not disrespect them by not voting.
I may not always agree with my current President, but as an American I will not disrespect him in public, but if I truly disagree with his tactics, I will vote against him or her in the next election.
I am an American first, and will always try my very best to be the best American I can be, always!"
By: Gale Frances Rodecker Neukert O’Neal
A big thank you to Gayle for submitting this wonderful reflection on what it means to be an American.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend celebrating America's Independence.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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