How symbols influence what our American creed is.

The main symbol of our freedom is the American flag. Some say the red represents the blood shed for our country, the white peace that it had created. The blue and stars would represent the unity we all share in the heavens. These symbols represent the ideals that show how we got our freedom in the first place.

My next symbol is the Constitution, this symbol holds the tenets of our country. The main point is; “in order to form a more perfect union...”. The Constitution creates the foundations of our government and its protective restrictions. From this we get our universal rights, the right to free expression, the right to bear armaments and the right to a private home (no quartering troops.) and other rights that are necessary for a “perfect union”and the “pursuit of happiness.”

The next symbol in my creed is the military oath. The promise to “defend the constitution…against all enemies foreign and domestic.” Our military troops promise that they will uphold the Constitution’s ideals by never letting someone trample the flag under the feet of selfishness. To defend from those who might try to attack our country for no purpose other than greed.

To me, the driving force behind what we classify as freedom is our judeo-christian values. Nothing says freedom like “the Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” Romans 8:12. In fact, without the ideals of human rights expressed by God through his followers, we would never have any idea what freedom was. This societal system of morals is what gives the government ways to find what morals make sense and what is needed for a complete system.

One other thing that is part of my American creed is Francis Scott Key's and John Stafford Smith's Star Spangled Banner. This, our national anthem, is the rally point for the brave in the land of the free. This song is a ode to the bravery and grit we have as a nation. The gist of this song is that nothing that tries to take our flag works. And I quote “Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

These are the symbols of my American creed. I think that these are what make America great.




Kearsarge Regional High School KRHS--Mrs. Leslie's English 10

Kearsarge Regional High School is a rural school in New Hampshire. English 10 students from several classes are excited to add their voices to the national conversation regarding our American Creeds.

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