Through the Ages

Our country has the ability to come together and make the best out of bad situations.

By Olivia from Copper Hills High School in Utah

Every generation has its defining moment- or turning point if you want to call it that. For the silent generation, it was WWII, for baby boomers it was the JFK assassination and the Vietnam war. For Generation X and Millennials, it was 9/11. And most recently, everyone was affected by the COVID Pandemic. Despite the diversity, people in America have the ability to take something terrible and turn it into something unionizing.

For some people the American Creed means the same to them as the American Dream. For some it's the fact that there is so much freedom, and for some it’s the amount of diversity. For me however, the ideal that appeals to me the most is the fact that no matter what happens, we use it to unify ourselves and grow stronger as a whole.

During any kind of adversity we face, more good qualities of strong Americans shine through. Generosity, kindness, and gratitude being just a few. Personally, I never thought I would be grateful for a fully stocked grocery store shelf. But after the pandemic I am so much more grateful for police officers, fire fighters, first responders, teachers and so much more. So that’s what the American creed means to me, the ability that our country has to come together and make the best of a bad situation.

Copper Hills High School

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