Today is my favorite day of the year. That's right....it's not Christmas, it's not my birthday. It's the 4th of July. A day not only to celebrate America's independence, but to celebrate everything that this country stands for and everything that being an American means. While times have been tough for awhile now, I still believe this country to be the greatest land of opportunity. With motivation, hard work, and a strong moral compass, I believe that every American can succeed and find happiness.
I love this country for so many reasons. My dad and his family emigrated from Fiji in the 70's, and instead of getting turned away at the gates in San Francisco for being different, they were welcomed. Diversity is the single most significant reason that America has been a success, and why it has remained strong for over two hundred years. Diversity in land, diversity in people, and diversity in thought.
This country was not built on the back of one man. Rather, the foundation was laid by all men and women, from those who were willing to fight, to those who were willing to take a risk, and those who were willing to take a stand. America gives us the freedom of speech, freedom to learn, and freedom to love who we want to love. We must never forget that freedom is not free. It is our duty as Americans to not only remember those who have dedicated and sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, but also to dedicate our own lives to continuing that fight for future generations.
When you see the flag flying today, and you hear the national anthem, please take a moment to reflect on what being an American means to you. It's okay if your beliefs are different than mine, that's what America is all about. Happy 4th of July!