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Letter: What America means to me

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A giant American flag flies at half-staff as American Fork dedicates an addition to its cemetery on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

I was born and raised in the United States of America. I am, and always have been, proud to be an “American.” I’ve voted in every presidential election since I was old enough to vote. Sometimes I’ve voted for Republicans, sometimes I’ve voted for Democrats; and even when my candidate didn’t win, I always felt good about the process and how our country comes together to move forward.

To me America is a land of freedom, democracy, equal rights and the rule of law. America is a land where the majority rules, but the rights of the minority are honored and protected. It is a land of liberty and justice and opportunity for all; a land of optimism and promise. America is the leader of the “free world” and an advocate for democracy, human rights and responsible environmental stewardship at home and abroad. America stands at the forefront of the fight against tyranny and oppression wherever they may occur. America isn’t perfect, but as a country we are trying to be the very best we can be. These are the principles and ideals that make America great, and that makes me proud to be an American.

This election season, I encourage every American to ponder what America means to them, and then vote to support and uphold those principles and ideals.

Boyd Hanzon

Cedar City