The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism. … It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.”-George Washington
What does being American mean to YoU?
It means freedom
To succeed, or fail.
To live in liberty, or license.
To live where I have rights that are inalienable,
Like - but not exclusively
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
because they come not from government,
but from the Creator.
It means freedom to learn and live
Who I am, Why I am here, Where I am going.