My family's history has shaped my American Creed by showing me the possibilities that this country presents to new citizens and ones that have been here for generations. On either side of my family, there has been great success in work and social aspects, but most importantly, each individual's success in their pursuit of happiness.
On my dad’s side of the family, both of my grandparents immigrated to the United States from Europe, where they met each other and lived for a while. I find that I have a strong sense of pride for this nation because I have been so inspired by my grandfather who became an American citizen so that he could enlist in the Marines to fight in the Vietnam war. My grandparents eventually moved to the Netherlands where they had my uncle and dad and a few years later decided to return to the United States. My Grandpa started a construction company after coming back where he found great success, eventually retiring but is still always willing to help out my dad or uncles with any project they may do. My Grandma used her social skills, even with a thick dutch accent, became a real estate agent which she still talks about today. When I think about how my dad's parents were able to succeed as immigrants I start to really believe that it is possible to achieve what I want in life.
On my moms side of the family, my grandparents were born in America. My grandma worked as a teacher, which meant that whenever she came to my house after school I had to work diligently on my homework. Though I'm not sure exactly what my grandpa did, I know that he at one point made the metals that go into kitchen knives and every year he sharpens our knives and cuts the thanksgiving turkey because everyone knows that he does it best.
Thanks to my family history, I have my own American Creed based in tradition, success, and wonderful inspirations.