As Americans mark this Memorial Day — remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country — it’s appropriate to examine what separates the United States of America from other nations. Our founding documents are masterful works that speak to the indomitable spirit of those who were devoted to, and willing to fight for, freedom.
Undergirding the uniqueness that has set us apart is unity. Legal immigrants have come here from every nation on the globe to gratefully become Americans — part of what was once heralded as “the melting pot.” They obeyed the law, learned English, and adopted our nation’s history as their own. The new Americans raised their children with hope in the future, and the knowledge that a diligent commitment to work and a determined pursuit of education are the key elements to success in this land of opportunity. In short, they and generations before them, assimilated.
Yet today liberals insist that “diversity” is our strength and something to be celebrated. In fact, at the core of American exceptionalism is the concept of “unity.” Focusing on what separates us, divides.
Ours is the only nation where people of diverse backgrounds come together to become part of something grander than their individual components. Like a symphony, the music is created by various instruments, striving for harmony, playing together.
“E Pluribus Unum,” Latin for “Out of Many, One,” are the words on the Great Seal of the United States. The significance of those words remains as momentous today as when they were adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782.
Memorial Day is a fine day to reflect on their meaning.