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‘What does being an American mean to you?’

In honor of Independence Day, we asked Seabrook community members the above question. Here’s what they said:

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June 13th, 2018
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‘What does being an American mean to you?’

Jackie Cole

Being an American means having the freedom to decide what I want for myself and not to be told what to do. And for me, I think it’s the experience of meeting people from all over the world. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel once I reached my 60s. The more you travel, the more you find that everybody is basically the same.

Tom Sullivan

Every day I can grow and be whatever I want to be, go where I want to go, see what I want to see, travel wherever I want. I’m not a well-educated guy, but I ended up with a wonderful career; being an American is having the opportunity and the possibility to do that.

Don Miller

It means to be free to choose what you want, where you want to live, who you want to live with, and elect politicians you think are better. For instance, here at Seabrook, we’re all polite to each other whether we know the person or not. I like that because it makes me feel like in America you can do that, and I’m not sure you could do that in other places.

Carol Hock

Being an American means to enjoy the freedom and luxuries that we have and to support our troops.

Tina Ellis

It’s the freedoms we have to live in a country that has opportunities for us—jobs, saving for retirement. I guess I’ve taken it for granted. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.