Be proud to be an American

Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 4, 2015

Everyone who calls this country their home should be proud to be an American, especially today. The Fourth of July is just one of the many days throughout the year Americans celebrate their country’s values, which include freedom and democracy.

For centuries, people have migrated to this country in search of a better life. Citizens aren’t guaranteed the American dream just by stepping on U.S. soil, but if they pursue their dreams with relentless determination they can make them a reality.

While many will spend today watching fireworks and enjoying a backyard barbecue, they shouldn’t forget what this day stands for.

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The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, commemorates the country’s independence from Great Britain. The U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.

It was a momentous occasion that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Americans shouldn’t forget what this country stands for, especially in a time when so many issues regarding race, sexual orientation and religion are being debated on a national level.

The preamble to the U.S Constitution states, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

This country is so special and needs to be cherished.

Unfortunately, there are those who create turmoil and threaten the meaning behind the red, white and blue.

Starting today, Americans need to remember that no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation or creed, they need to stand united. It’s important to treat each other with kindness and respect.

So, let’s be patriotic not just in moments of despair or celebration, but every day.