We the people of the United States of America have a lot to come together for. We have experienced a lot as a nation. There are a lot of ways to learn history. You can sit down to a book, turn some pages, get some nice information, or you can get out and live it. See it, touch it, breathe it. History can be fun, and you get to feel that when you come to the sites. You must visit Yorktown, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Gettysburg, Independence Hall and the other historical sites to really get the feel of what it was like and where it all began. These are the beginning and the roots of our country.
What does it mean to you to be an American?
- To be an American is everything. You know, I’ll fight for this country. I love this country.
- I think it’s to be among the luckiest people in the world.
- It’s freedom.
- To be proud of where you come from and to embrace the diversity that we have here.
- The ability for all of us to, you know, succeed as long as we put the work into it.
- This country is my home, you know, and there’s no place like America.
So one of the things I’ve learned as I’ve come out here is that these people sacrificed, and this nation came together and was made and preserved for the individual. It’s for the person. You. Me. Yet we start the Declaration of Independence with “We the People.” We. Together. Singular.
It’s amazing to think that only three percent of the population participated in the Revolutionary War. So few gave up so much for so many. We are blessed to have this. And we need to remember what made it great. So bring your kids. Come to Yorktown. Go to Williamsburg. Go to Independence Hall. Experience the sacrifice at Gettysburg. Really get a grasp of why this nation exists and what you’re supposed to do in it. Think of the courage it took to go into open battle and walk across the field where you’re in harm’s way. Do you have that kind of courage? I think we do. It’s different. Talk to a single mom who’s raising kids all on her own, or a father that’s working two jobs so their son can go to college. It’s not easy. We have that same bravery today, and we’re doing it.