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What My Father Taught Me about Being an American

Posted Sep 01 2008 7:08pm

It’s amazing what a gal finds while cleaning out her old office and preparing to move into one that’s new. Back in 2003, I submitted a piece of creative writing for a community event called “Celebrate Erie”. My then 14-year-old stepdaughter Kim, too, submitted a piece. Both were published. I found the publication yesterday while cleaning out my office and I’m pleased to share Kim’s with you today.

What My Father Taught Me about Being an American

By contributing writer Kim M. Fabrizio, at age 14

My father always told me

To respect one another

To treat each other fairly,

As if everyone’s your brother.

“America,” he said,

“Is the land of the free.”

This is what our country’s based on

It’s the land of liberty.

Many people fought and died for us,

To defend us through and through.

My father taught me to appreciate them,

And everything they do.

Our leaders always stood tall and proud

Just as my father said.

They led us through the darkest of times,

To see the light ahead.

My father taught me patriotism,

In an assortment of different ways.

He said I should stand proud when I announce,

That I belong to the U.S. of A.

Note from Stepmom to Stepdaughter: I hope you remember your belief in patriotism from childhood and VOTE in November!!

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