From Chicken Soup for the Soul of America

I Am an American

I am a twenty-one-year-old college student from Rockaway, New Jersey. I did not personally know anyone involved in the catastrophe that struck our nation. Still, I feel connected in some way to each and every one of the victims, to their families and friends, and to the brave individuals who helped with the search and rescue. I, like all Americans, was overwhelmed with emotions. I was sad, confused, frustrated and angry—for many reasons. I had so much I wanted to say, but the words refused to come. I wrote the following passage to express my feelings and to make a statement. My thoughts and prayers are always with you. May God bless America.

I am an American. I am free.

I am an American. I am strong. Like our nation’s foundation, built by our founding fathers over two hundred years ago, I will not buckle. I will not be broken. I will endure.

I am an American. I have faith. I have looked into the eyes of fear, but I am not afraid. I weep because I am human, not because I am weak. My beliefs cannot be taken from me. I will never give up hope.

I am an American. I have a voice. I speak my feelings freely because I am free to do so. I will voice my anger because I am angry. I will shout my frustration because I am confused. I will say my piece. I cannot be silenced.

I am an American. I am proud. The colors red, white and blue flow through my veins. Like the torch that welcomed my ancestors, my soul radiates freedom and liberty. The flag is my beacon. Brotherhood and love are what I believe in, truth and justice are what I stand for.

I am an American. And I am everyone—never just one. I am everything. I am united. I am the businessman on Wall Street, the farmer in Nebraska, the movie star in Los Angeles. I am the rolling waves of Miami Beach, the blowing wind of Chicago, the snow-capped mountains of Boulder and the desert sun of Phoenix. I am not weakened by cowardly acts of malice; I am strengthened. I cannot be divided. I will not be conquered.

I am an American. I will survive. I will stand up and I will fight and I will defend. I will not sit back and do nothing when I can do something. I will not back down. I will overcome. I will prevail.

I am an American. I am free.

Danielle M. Giordano

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