America, the land I still love

America, the land I still love
                        

From the time the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock to now, America has been on an amazing journey of discovery and rediscovering itself and its core principles.

No, America is not a perfect country by any means, but it is the land of big dreams, of people who are willing to make a difference, and where our voices can be heard and we all can stand up and be counted. The people who are bold enough can make something out of themselves. Yes, no matter who we are, we all have the ability to work hard and rise.

From Plymouth Rock, where the pilgrims landed in 1620 to find a place to worship God in peace, to James Madison, who wrote the First Amendment, guaranteeing the freedom to worship, free from a government-organized religion, to Patrick Henry, who stood up and bravely proclaimed to all, “Give me liberty or give me death,” to Thomas Jefferson, who penned such immortal words as “all men are created equally,” America is still the land I love. And what about the Sons of Liberty, who threw a late-night tea party over being taxed to death by the king of England?

At Lexington, where the shot heard around the world took place, the path of American ideas was born. During that hard, cold winter at Valley Forge, where the soldiers had little food to eat, they kept their minds set on the end result: freedom from a king that was half a world away. Men put their names on paper, declaring our independence from England. John Hancock wanted the king to read his name without glasses. George Washington led the army to victory and became the first president on April 30, 1789. The birth of the country was not easy, but nothing that is worthwhile is ever easy.

From Lexington to Lake Erie, from the Alamo to the corn fields in Gettysburg, from the hill of San Jean to the Western Front, from Pearl Harbor to the ice and the cold of the 38th parallel, from the rice fields of Vietnam to the sands of Kuwait, from the time when lady liberty cried on 9/11 up until now, our brave men and women answered the call to fight to keep us free. Even in peace time when earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and even viruses sweep across the heartland, we Americans roll up our sleeves to help each other out.

From a boy who went to school only 300 days and rose to become the 16th president of the United States to another boy who was called too stupid to learn anything, his bright idea still lighting up the world, we are a land of overcomers and victors, people who can overcome anything with God’s help, a people who call out injustice where we see it.

One man had a dream, and although he was killed, his dream still lives on. This is my America, and it is still great. God bless you, and God bless America.


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