I have been feeling the weight of personal opinions and politics on me a lot lately. The world of social media is a chaotic place. You get caught up in discussions, disagreements and sometimes need a friendly reminder that while you may not agree with others views, you have that right. While attending the events, observing and listening to the crowds this past weekend in Washington, it gave me that reminder that I needed.
I was reminded of many things, feeling convicted that I may have taken these for granted at times. It was honor to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration, and I would like to share with you all what this historical event reminded me about being an American.
“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” –George Washington
- Regardless of who we voted for, we can all stand and sing our nations anthem together. – we are a free and a proud nation. Everyone there, for those two minutes, stood in solidarity.
- We have the right to express our freedom. Our first amendment, the right to assemble and protest. It is the cornerstone of everything that happens in this country, regardless of what you believe in. There is no excuse for rioting and violent protesting, the peaceful protests are those who silently take a stand for their beliefs.
- The beauty of our Nation’s Capitol. I have visited DC many times and have always adored the history. However there was something about the way the Capitol Building looked that day. It made me think deeper about our history and feel proud to be standing at the 58th Presidential
Inauguration, something that had been done since our first President, George Washington in 1789.
“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of Earth.” –Abraham Lincoln
- We are diverse. Growing up as a Cuban-American, I was reminded often of what a blessing it was to be in this country. On Inauguration Day, there was such incredible diversity. To me, America is one of the most diverse countries. With this diversity comes a variety of perspectives, voices in the government, and influence on every aspect of life.
- America is a shining example to the rest of the world. We are a pillar of democracy and freedom. People want to live here and are willing to leave everything they have ever known. Inauguration was the prime example of this, people were standing shoulder to shoulder with others of difference in opinions – yet we were not afraid to stand proud and shout for what we believe in.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -Barack Obama
- Protection of democracy. Every corner you turned, the National Guard, Reserve and active duty military were there. I felt safe, and it was again a reminder of America’s willingness to defend democracy.
“There’s no bigger task than protecting the homeland of our country.” -George W. Bush