Essay On Being An American

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To be an American is to live in a place where you have the freedom to be whoever or whatever you wish to be without having to be a person you are not. Americans should cherish that fact that unlike other places, there are freedoms and rights that the people have just for living here. A few aspects that define one as an American is a sense of patriotism and genuine love for their country, having freedoms and rights that allow one to be themselves, and the way that people are able to view the rest of the world. People who live in other nations may not view America as being the best country in the world, and all people live by different standards, only these people are also controlled by their government in every aspect of their lives.This alone …show more content…
Whether it is at a sports events, school, military services, or races, the Pledge of Allegiance is spoken and the National Anthem is sung. All people, no matter what race, color, size, ethnicity, age, and gender participates in these ceremonies due to it being a testament to what it means to live in America “The land of the free, and the home of the Brave” as said in the National Anthem. Whenever people pass by a person in uniform it is custom stop to thank them for fighting for and defending the United States. This is one of the millions of ways that people show patriotism. Is this the only country that shows respect for their soldiers? No, probably not, only the goal is not to “out nice” other countries, the objective is to show that the average, everyday people care for each other and that they stop and show respect to the people that ensure that America is safe. That is American. Other ways to show patriotism are The Fourth of July celebrations, voting in elections, visiting memorials, and even reenacting wars in order to allow the memories to stay alive. There is no way to experience the feeling of being a true American other than to become one, it is an abstract feeling that is difficult to describe. There are people who would call this feeling patriotism, the undeniable support, love, and loyalty that people show for their …show more content…
America is not one of those countries. Every American is entitled to their natural rights and freedoms. These rights and freedoms are written in the Declaration of Independence, which includes the Bill of Rights. The freedoms of speech, expression, and religion are three of the most recognizable freedoms. A great number of places do not have these rights. To be an American means there is an availability to have all of these freedoms and more, people can say what they wish to say, do what they wish to do, believe what they wish to believe and it is completely accepted. Our Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence to provide the people the option to be themselves and Americans owe them a gigantic “thank you,” without them there is a very high possibility that all of these freedoms would have never been given to the people and America would probably be under the control of a European country. Americans have an immense amount to be thankful for, only to be an American there is a necessity to understand their freedoms and how they came into existence, otherwise it is difficult to be fully grateful and appreciative of them. Americans can often be oblivious to how prosperous they are compared to other countries, but the true Americans not only have a multitude of evidence that they are the

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