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What Makes America Great

By Aaliyah Saenz, a 7th grader at Terra Vista Middle School

America, the place I call home, the place where unknown humans wake up every morning knowing they’re blessed to be living the American dream, but the men and women of now aren’t the only thing that makes America great. America’s greatness goes down 6-feet under, where the men and women who laid their life down to prove America is valuable and strong, now lay under their beautiful country’s rich soil. In my opinion America is all anyone could ask for, beginning with justice for all and ending with peace and love.

In America you can be free, free to be who you are, free to love who you love. You can speak your mind and show the world how you feel. Living in the land of the free is an indescribable blessing. Even though we forget how many advantages we have compared to other countries, we still work hard, we wake up every morning and get ready for a hardworking day of labor all because we want to be able to accomplish greatness because as Americans we know nothing should be claimed yours until you’ve proved its worth it.

John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, team more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. That’s another beautiful thing about America. We all thrive on each other’s greatness and ability even if the abilities aren’t the same. We are constantly learning how to be better people every single day, and that’s because every single one of us are leaders in our own little way. We never give up, because our history still lives in us to this Day and we’ll never be able to forget it.

In my opinion the Americans are what makes America great. The way my class and I stand up to say the American pledge shows how much we love and respect our incredible country. The way we don’t give up Faith because we know someone in the end will always have our backs and be ready to defends us. The way my family showed me how to love the beautiful country I was born in. All of that is what makes America great.

Submitted by Ancile “AL” White VFW Post 2466. This essay was written by Aaliyah Saenz and submitted to the VFW Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. Aaliyah is a 7th grader at Terra Vista Middle School. Aaliyah finished 5th overall out of 208 essays submitted to the Post



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