America is now 240 years old. There may be some things you may not like about it, but America is still the best country on the face of this earth. At times there are some things for which I may be ashamed, but I have never been ashamed to be an American. I am a naval veteran and I proudly salute our flag and honor our country. Our freedom is not free as many paid for it with their sacrifices and lives. I have traveled to many foreign countries, but I am always thankful to return to the good ole USA. I remember hearing the late Paul Harvey read the following. “I am the United States of America. I was born on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. Thirteen colonies were my founders. The bloodlines of past patriots run in my veins. I am the Statue of Liberty offering freedom to the oppressed. I am the United States of America. I am over 300 million souls. I am Nathan Hale, and Paul Revere. I am Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry. I am Lee, Grant and Lincoln. I am the Brooklyn Bridge and the wheat fields of Kansas. I am the coal fields of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I am the rich lands of the West and the Grand Canyon. I am Independence Hall. I am from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I am over three million square miles, throbbing with industry. I am more than five million farms. I am mountains and deserts. I am villages and cities that never sleep. I am Ben Franklin. I am Betsy Ross. I am the flag seen by Francis Scott Key. I am the Alamo, and Pearl Harbor. I am freedom of speech. I am freedom of religion. I am Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and the World Series. I am over 170,000 schools and colleges. I am a vote on election day, the roar of a crowd in a stadium. I am a newspaper and a commentator, the music of a choir. I am the voices of preachers in over 250,000 churches. I am Eli Whitney, Thomas Edison and Billy Graham. I am an astronaut walking on the moon. I am a fireman and policeman at the World Trade Center. I am a soldier fighting to protect our freedom. I am an American who loves liberty and freedom. I am the United States of America. I was born free, and, God willing, in freedom I will remain. May I have integrity, and courage to always stand. To stand with those gone before. To be a beacon to the world. To keep our nation indivisible, and one nation under God. I am the United States of America.” Happy Birthday America!