That elementary school essay question came to mind yesterday as I watched 46 proud and buoyant people become naturalized American citizens in Federal judge Earl Britt's courtroom in Raleigh.
I flashed back to the third grade in Morganton. I was sitting on my father's lap and I asked him to help me with my school essay. He told me the story of my ancestors who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain in the Revolutionary War. The McDowells of Quaker Meadows were major players in this crucial Patriot victory.
Today as we start the Memorial Day holiday weekend I ask you:
"Why do you love America?"
I look forward to your responses.
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