I Am Proud To Be An American

Jan 17, 2012 by

I am proud to be an American because Levi Strauss born in Buttenheim, Bavaria to German-Jewish parents immigrated to the United States and created the “501” blue jean. Strauss was known for great generosity during his life which continued after his death. His will contained bequests to charities which serve children and the poor as well as 28 University of California, Berkeley scholarships.

I am proud to be an American because Franklin R. Chang-Diaz born in San Jose, Costa Rica became the first naturalized U.S. citizen to earn the title of NASA astronaut.

I am proud to be an American because Kalpana Chawla born in Karnal, Haryana, India became a naturalized citizen when she was 29 years old and became a NASA astronaut. She gave her life for her country when she was killed in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster.

I am proud to be an American because Sergey Brin born in Moscow, Russia immigrated to the United States and pursued graduate studies at Stanford University and started a research project which eventually became Google, Inc.

I am proud to be an American because Madeleine Albright who served as U.S. secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 immigrated from Czechoslovakia, and has devoted her life’s work to government and foreign policy.

I am proud to be an American because Admiral, Hyman Rickover, the Father of the Nuclear Navy, immigrated from Makow, Russia and entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1918. He became the director of the Naval Reactors Branch developing the world’s first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Why are you proud to be an American?

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  1. Moira Fisher

    I am proud to be an American because our armed forces is an all-volunteer force. My son and thousands of young Millennials, also known as Generation Y, Generation Next, Net Generation, and Echo Boomers, experienced 9-11 as grade schoolers and high schoolers. They decided to follow in their grandfathers’ footsteps, the footsteps of the Greatest Generation, and voluntarily put themselves between us (the country) and evil. The Greatest Generation had a draft, the Millennials did not. As a military parent I am simultaneously PROUD and PETRIFIED as my son is on his second deployment in the war zone, but PROUD edges out petrified, even if it’s just by a small margin.

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