Happy Fourth of July! When you think of America, what are a few landmarks that pop into your mind?
My list would be:
- Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
- Statue of Liberty, NYC
- St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC
- The Wild West
- Medora, North Dakota
- And many others…
There are many places that stick out to me. And it’s because they carry the traits of the American values and our history. The pride to be an American.
I went to New York a few years ago with Johan. It was my first time there. When I saw the Statue of Liberty I was blown away with emotions.
You probably ask why?Because, I was listening to their audio guide and one of the ladies had written in her journals about how trying and tough the boat ride to America was and that when they finally saw lady liberty, they couldn’t help but cry. They were coming to a new country that was opening their arms to them. Saving them from religious persecution. Saving them from countries being run by Tyrants.
I put myself in her shoes. I put myself in my ancestors shoes. Some of my family from the past went through Ellis Island. Lady Liberty greeted them.
My ancestors went through many trials to come into America; the right way. My great great grandma lost a child at sea when coming over from Norway. She tried hiding the little kid so she could bury them on land, but the captain found out and they buried the kid at sea. How sad! I read the letter my great great grandpa sent back to his family in Norway describing this whole story. Once she met up with my great great grandpa to make the trek to Minnesota, they lost their other child. They were starting out NEW. Completely new.
They fought for what they had. They worked hard for what they had. They started over.
I believe this is what describes an American.
If anyone wants to be an American, they must be willing to fight for what they have.
They must work hard for everything. They mustn’t expect to get things for free.
That means they shouldn’t expect the government to take care of them.
An American must take care of themselves.
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.