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A Proud Father Whose Son is Proud to be an American

Scott on September 15, 2006 at 6:18 pm

I’m a proud father.

Actually, I’m a proud father 3 times over.

Since I’m a proud father, and since I have a blog, I would like to indulge my fatherly pride for a moment and share something that my son wrote a few days ago for his English class. The assignment was called an “I AM” poem in which the student shares something about themselves and expounds on it. The topic my son chose was his patriotism.

I AM
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    I am an American
    I wonder about the war
    I hear the cries of the victims of 9/11
    I see stars and stripes everywhere I go
    I want the war to end
    I am an American
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    I pretend that the twin towers are still standing
    I feel the pain of the people who lost family
    I touch the hearts of people when I comfort them
    I worry that more will die from terrorist attacks
    I cry when I hear the Star Spangled Banner
    I am an American
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    I understand that soldiers have sacrificed themselves
    I say I am proud to love my country
    I dream of world peace
    I try to comfort the hearts of people who are afraid
    I hope our freedom will last forever
    I am an American
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By Anton Ragan, 6th Grade

After I read this poem, and after I got over the initial lump in my throat, I was struck by a question: How is it that an 11 year old 6th grader “gets it,” but so many in our country don’t?

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