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Thoughts on America from a Treasury of Bible Illustrations: William Arthur Ward wrote these moving words: “I believe in America. “I believe it became great because of its faith in God, its hope for independence, and its love for freedom. “I am grateful for America’s glorious past; I am awed by its unbelievable present; I am confident of its limitless future. “I am not ashamed to take my hat off and to stand at attention when Old Glory passes by. I do not apologize for the lump in my throat when I repeat the Pledge of Allegiance. I am not embarrassed by the tears in my eyes when I hear ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ “Like millions of Americans, I want a free choice, not a free handout. I prefer an opportunity to prove my abilities on the job rather than a license to demonstrate my frustrations in the street. “I am an old-fashioned American with a new-found determination to do my part to make democracy work.”