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To Be An American - An Indirect Response to the Open Letter on 9/11

January 21, 2013
In September, I posted An Open Letter to Everyone who is Over September 11 . Below is the response from a United States Marine. A Father, Husband, Cousin and Son. 

To be an American.
Some wise men, many years ago, told us about unalienable rights and the pursuit of happiness, then another wise man told us that we should worry more about what we can do for our country, rather than what our country can do for us. Let’s take the word country and turn it into countrymen, because without our fellow citizens, our countrymen, we as a nation are nothing. So to all my brothers and sisters, what does it mean to be an American?

Example 1—Jenn Gibbons
It is hard to explain in words to what Jenn has done. If you followed her journey, just hearing her name says it all. Jenn, Founder of Recovery on Water, rowed around the perimeter of Lake Michigan and raised $150,000 toward cancer research. An American is someone that wakes up everyday and wants to better the lives of their fellow countrymen—t heir brothers and sisters. Jenn rowed everyday, to her body’s limits, was sexually assaulted and continued her journey.

A high ranking Marine Officer always told us before we go to battle we will be physically, mentally, and spiritually strong. How can someone come back from being sexually assaulted and continue on their journey? Her countrymen. They rallied together, showed their supported and gave her the support to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually strong. Jenn is an American, because she set a path, stayed on that path until the journey was complete and will leave this country a better place.

Example 2—The creators of Origin-Alpha
Origin-Alpha is a non-profit clothing company with a strong message: “Do More Than Expected”. Think about that message, what does it mean to you? Should you fight for your country’s freedom, protect the citizens in our homeland as a civil servant, or provide some sort of essential service needed by your fellow countrymen? The answer is yes. Yes you should do something.
A better person equals a better America. A soldier receiving an award for valor likely saved lives, a civil servant in New York City provided emergency services to fellow countrymen in need, an electrician gave light, a waitress gave food, and a mother raised her children. Do more than expected wants you to think about what you are going to leave behind.

An American wakes up every morning and tells themself I am going to do what is right today. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. Men and women before us fought on the battlefield here, on the ground you walk on, to secure your freedom to be an American. Men and women worked nearly everyday of their lives to create technology and medicine to make this one of the greatest and safest countries in the world. Generations before us have dedicated their lives as Americans to make this country better for us—their fellow and future countrymen.

What kind of American will you be today?


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