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July 3, 2013

KITCHELL: Fourth about more than fireworks

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You might be an American if the only day you dread more than your dentist appointment is April 15.

You might be an American if you simply hear the words “September 11” and wonder why some people had to attack people like you simply because they were in the wrong building or on the wrong jet at the wrong time.

You might be an American if you listen to debates about immigration reform and wonder if your own ancestors faced any hardships when they came to this country.

You might be an American if you know the last surviving World War II veteran in your neighborhood, church or club and you acknowledge what they did for this country saved more than just our name and our way of life.

You might be an American if you spend more than you make, eat more than you should and speak or text on a cellphone longer than you actually have meaningful conversations with someone.

You might be an American if some of your happiest days involved getting your driver’s license, going to the prom or voting for the first time.

You might be an American if you see people in downtown Tehran or any masked member of the Taliban burning the American flag and say to yourself “These people just don’t get it.”

You might be an American if you’ve taken your own freedom of the press for granted, even when it carries stories of horrific events in other countries that don’t demand democracy and the freedom that protects it.

You might be an American if you’re wearing a shirt that says “USA” on the front and a label that says “Made in China” inside it.

You might be an American if you wonder why exchange students from other countries are so excited to be in a place you’ve been in all your life.

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