This submission was from Manolito Galang who submitted it for her daughter,
and I copied it from The WTC Memorial
"The terrorists can destroy my home... The terrorists can destroy the American buildings,
But the one thing they can't destroy is my AMERICAN SPIRIT"
By Jenae, 4th Grade, ST. Clement School
This was emailed to me by my Mom on 8/9/2002.
Printable MS Word Version
following was said to be written by a dentist in Australia.
probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually
a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer
of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So I just
thought I would write to let them know what an American is, so they
would know when they found one.
American is English, French, Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish,
Russian or Greek. An American may also be Mexican, African, Indian,
Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani, or
Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho,
Apache, or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.
American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, Buddhist, or Muslim. In
fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only
difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them
chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he
will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs
claiming to speak for the government and for God.
American is from the most prosperous land in the history of the world.
The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of
Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each man and woman
to the pursuit of happiness.
American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other
nation in the world in their time of need. When Afghanistan was overrun
by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies
to enable the people to win back their country. As of the morning of
September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor
in Afghanistan. The best
products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best
welcome the best, but they also welcome the least. The national symbol
of America welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of
your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the
people who built America. Some of them were working in the Twin Towers
in the morning of September 11, earning a better life for their
families. [I've been told
that the people in the Towers were from at least 30, and maybe many
more, other countries, cultures, and first languages, including
those that aided and abetted the terrorists.]
you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General
Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and every bloodthirsty tyrant in the
history of the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing
yourself. Because Americans
are not a particular people from a particular place.
They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone
who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.
look around you. You may find more Americans in your land than you
thought were there. One day they will rise up and overthrow the old,
ignorant, tired tyrants that trouble too many lands.
those lands, too, will join the community of free and prosperous
nations. And America will welcome them!
this around the World!
BLESS OUR WONDERFUL NATION