Getting home from the wedding late last night, I proceeded to join millions of American in watching the opening ceremony of the Olympic games. I was disappointed to realize that I had missed the United States athletes entering the stadium. Curious to find out how they looked and even curious as to who became the official outfitter for the team, I went online to do some researching.
After a little looking I found the information I desired and a photo album highlighting the U.S. team’s entrance into the stadium. Looking over the album I was stuck with a contrast I observed. Most of the teams in the opening parade were fairly ethnically uniform, reflecting the countries they represent. The U.S. team though had a noticeable diversity of ethnicity. From European to African to Asian, there was a multitude of ethnicities there representing our great nation.
President Reagan in an address remarked,
“I received a letter just before I left office from a man. I don’t know why he chose to write it, but I’m glad he did. He wrote that you can go to live in France, but you can’t become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Italy, but you can’t become a German, an Italian. He went through Turkey, Greece, Japan and other countries. But he said anyone, from any corner of the world, can come to live in the United States and become an American.”
I believe this is part of the greatest of America. The term American can be applied to any individual of any descent who comes to this blessed land and upholds the values she was founded upon. This is just another reason why I am proud to see the American flag raised high, whether it is in a home’s front yard or in front of the Olympic podium.