I am one of those species who will return to my nest after having an adventure of wherever life takes me. I will always be an American child despite the fact that I am a product of mixed race. I will also remain one of Darke County’s daughters. I have this patriotic thing in my veins. However, I have a strong point of view as to what patriotism means to me.
When I was in elementary school, we had a student guest from overseas. This student wanted to go shopping for something to take back to her home country. Guess what? Did she buy something made in America? No, she spent hours, until our feet hurt walking, looking for a watch made from another country!
That bothered me so much then … but since I’m older, my thoughts are different.
I want “Made in America” to mean something that people wants to buy because it means “quality and you get what you paid for”!
I don’t believe in entreating people to do the “patriotic” thing because all it is doing is putting us at a disadvantage. There is so much burgeoning talent in America and right here in Darke County. This country gave birth to airplanes, light bulbs, telephones, bifocals, blue jeans, global positioning system, Adobe Flash, Mars’ Rovers, DNA testing, the list goes on, and on…. Give us, the young budding minds, the tools and your mentoring to explore our ingenuities so we may continue to keep “Made in America” respected around the world and a real source of our American pride! We owe it — to our Veterans!