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To Be An American

In celebration of Independence Day and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, we have asked many of our residents what it means To Be an American. Here’s what they told us:

“It’s a blessing and a privilege given to us by the Lord for which I am grateful. Our many freedoms come to mind. What a blessing is ours to be able to worship God without fear. Also as a woman to be respected—not regarded as unimportant. Then to have a government that’s of the people, by the people and for the people.”
~ Hazel Gunderson

‘President Lincoln said, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Down the line I came, into the picture and I take it for granted. I can speak out, vote out. Not many countries give that privilege. It’s not easy to be free but we have done it.’
~ Donald E. Marcoux

“I feel blessed, thankful and lucky to be an American. A place where I am not afraid to express my thoughts and beliefs.”
~ Mildred Marcoux

“To live in a country with the most
freedom in the world.”
~ Walter Depa

“For me, I have the assurance that despite the turbulence in our world and unrest in our country, I can enjoy serenity and comfort.”
~ Herb Grunde

“As the Declaration of Independence states, ‘All men are created equal,’ thus suggesting the sacred dignity of the individual. This profound statement, guaranteeing equal rights for ALL, is something for which we have been striving since those Revolutionary days. With the grace of God and effort on the part of us all, (voting and working for the common good) this will come to fruition.”
~ Jack Kernan

“To live in a free country and have free choices, to help one another and be there when needed.”
~ Marilyn Ellefsen

“Both of my parents were Polish immigrants; they came over as teenagers. I was fortunate to be born in this country with all the opportunities it had to offer.”
Robert P. Prorok

“Being an American is a Big Honor. I have served in the U.S. Army and helped raise a family in freedom.”
~ John Martin

“I have the privilege of serving God, our Heavenly Father, without fear of my life and Bible taken from me.”
~ Alice Powell

“1.The privilege of living our life and choice of employment in any style we choose,
2.Living in this country with people who guide us along the way being proud to be Americans.”
~ Jody Movrich

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