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Unformatted text preview: Kennedy wanted us to envision plans for the future. He wanted the world to recognize that it is up to us to maintain the place we live in and take care of our duties as an American citizen. It is up to us to strive to be productive and amount to more then what others have in the past. That is the true meaning of being an American. In my eyes a person who sets for time and effort to advance a country as a whole is an American. One who stands up for his rights and abides by the laws set before him is an American. A person who does what is necessary to keep the country safe, whether in a time of war or an environmental tragedy such as a hurricane or tornado, is an American. There are many different forms of Americanism and it is up to us as Americans to let our colors shine and to be all that we can be until we are no more....
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- Spring '09