I love this country, and I am proud to put hand on heart and declare myself a proud American. I immigrated into this country from Africa, and while I still have ties to my home in Africa, I consider myself an American through and through.
Being American means so many things to me. Being American means embracing the cardinal values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence- Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Being American means freedom to enjoy the good things your way of life has to offer in a free society, and the freedom, and opportunity to pursue your dreams. Being American means appreciating the freedoms we enjoy everyday, but should never take for granted- freedom of speech; freedom of association; freedom of religion. Being American means respecting your fellow Americans no matter their race, faith, political leanings or sexuality. Being American means understanding the other party has a right to be heard, and their opinion should be respected even if you disagree. Being American means watching the fireworks display on July 4. Being American means understanding and appreciating that ours is a nation of immigrants- E Pluribus Unum is the motto of our nation; out of many, one. Our ancestors came from many places to build one great nation. We are one! Being American means understanding and celebrating that diversity that strengthens our nation.
Being American means loving team sport, and rooting for your local football, basketball, baseball, or hockey team; no matter how badly they are doing; that is loyalty, and that is being American. Being American is pledging allegiance to the flag and meaning it. Being American is enjoying the offerings of the various cultures that have made our country home- Chinese food, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Chinese New year, Mexican Tacos, Belgian waffles, Japanese Sushi. Being American means supporting our troops. Being American means speaking up in defense of the oppressed. Being American means helping those in need. Being American means not being ashamed or afraid to practice your faith. Being American means respecting the beliefs of those who do not share your faith or beliefs. Being American means respecting the flag. Being American means celebrating Thanksgiving. Being American means respecting the civil rights and liberties of others.
Being American means belief that you can achieve success with hardwork, in the midst of opportunities that abound here. Being America means belief in your dreams; that tomorrow will be better if you work hard enough. Being American means not being afraid to try, and not being afraid to fail. Being American means belief in infinite possibilities for a better life here. The gentleman in this video captures aptly what it means to be American.What it means to be American
U.S. Flag image from http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/08/the-two-american-flags
USA map Diversity image from http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/08/the-two-american-flags
Video Clip: Adam: What It Means to me to be an American from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_wD6lELRxE