America was built upon the words of Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” America shines through its strength and emphasizes its diversity. Our nation is a beacon of light for its freedoms, opportunities, and its citizens.
America is a beacon of light for its freedoms. One of the first words that pop into your mind when you hear ‘America’ is freedom. It’s what the colonies desperately fought for in the 1770s and what we citizens continue to fight for now. Immigrants and citizens enjoy multiple freedoms such as the freedom of religion, speech, press, and the right to peacefully assemble, which is significant to American lives. They are some of the privileges most overlooked but most valuable in the US. Thousands immigrate here daily for our desirable liberties.
Furthermore, America is also a beacon of light for its opportunities. America, the land of opportunity, guides millions here daily, where there is something for everyone, whether that be a career, an education, or a family. Just like my grandfather saw when my dad was growing up. He lived in California for months to send money back to his family in Mexico. My grandpa, who found a way to support his family, kept going. Though it was a difficult sacrifice leaving his family so often, he knew America had opportunities that could aid his large family.
Additionally, America is a lit beacon because of its citizens. Americans struggled through history, but we grew stronger. There have certainly been times of terror within the US, but its citizens always shine through the darkness. Moments such as the Civil Rights Movement hold true to the brave hearts of American citizens. Liberty was restricted for people of color, segregation was rampant across the nation, and innocent lives were in potential danger for speaking their minds, but did that stop the fight for racial equality? No. Through fear and looming threats, citizens found the courage to continue until “all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” was held true to every citizen. Even through tear gas and rubber bullets, we still find the courage to go on protests and fight against the unjust. We protest on. Americans push forward because we know it’s right. Past all the thorns and hardships, you’ll always find open arms and resilient, benevolent citizens.
America has many great aspects we uphold that make us a beacon of light. The US has offered millions of people numerous freedoms and opportunities. Even in these challenging moments, we citizens find that bright beacon within ourselves and our country, and we follow it, coming out stronger together. For decades, we’ve been a worldwide signal of safety, and for many more decades, we will remain a bright beacon giving a warm welcome to millions more.