Every year, to celebrate the 4th of July and honor servicemembers, our church has the Freedom Celebration. This year it was on Sunday, July 1. (When they get the video up on the website, I’ll link to it.) Thomas Poch, a retired Minnesota judge and Navy veteran, spoke. He was full of great stories about his time in the service, but what has stuck with me is the essay he quoted—”I am an American,” written by Elizabeth Ellen Evans, a high school student in 1954.
If you want to be inspired and reminded of the American legacy we sometimes forget about, listen to this radio broadcast from September 1954 and take the time to reflect on Evans’ words. (It’s a dramatization, so if you want to skip the music up front, start listening at 0:50).