Around this time of year it’s easy to feel patriotic and remember all of the good things that America has done. Unfortunately, not all people feel this way though. According to a 2018 Gallup poll, patriotism has dropped 10% since 2014. But we have so much to be proud of, and thankful for and our FFL readers and members love to spread the patriotism. If you’re feeling slightly less patriotic this year, or if you’re feeling more patriotic than ever, then check out these 17(76) women sharing what America means to them.

1) Olivia

Why I love America is really simple honestly. You can come here and be whatever you want to be. There’s always an opportunity to better yourself and be successful and that’s what I appreciate most about it.

2) Maddie

America to me, means freedom. As a child I always loved the Fourth of July because it was always such a happy holiday. It always meant swimming and eating some barbecue with a firework show. America means you having the freedom to do as you choose. So many people take it for granted but everyday I’m reminded why I love this country.

3) Jaime

To me, America means the chance to make my own life choices. I have the opportunity and ability to work at any goals I choose, and the capability to change my mind. I get to choose Who I worship and what hobbies to pursue. America gives everyone a chance if they’re willing to work for it, and America also provides incentives for hard work, which really gives someone fulfillment.

4) Alexandria

I love America because anyone is able to be successful regardless of challenges or adversities they may face. In America freedom is for everyone.

5) Antonia

To me, America conjures up the term, hope. Hope of being able to live as an empowered individual and able to take hold of my own destiny.

6) Jillian

America is great because there is no other country on Earth like us. Even with our issues, whether real or perceived, there is no other country that assures our freedoms are upheld each and every day. The Founding Fathers ensured that our rights were protected in the Bill of Rights. They put safeguards in place and established a military force to protect those rights. As the granddaughter of a WWII POW, a friend to many military children, and a friend to the people in the military, I know what it means to sacrifice for this country. I thank God every day for the freedoms we have and recognize that so many made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the rights we have today.

7) Lucy

America is special because it is not just a country, but an idea as well–and an honorable idea at that. I know people joke about how being an American is like winning the lottery, and until I left the country I never truly appreciated just how true that is. We are so lucky to live in this land which is blessed by God and which gives every citizen liberty and justice. We need only work hard and be grateful for our country and every single day one of us has a chance at a better tomorrow. *Distant eagle screech*.

8) Taylor

As a Christian, I am grateful to live in a country that upholds the individual liberties that are endowed on us all by our Creator. While many other countries suppress freedom and deny human rights to their citizens, America provides me with the opportunity to practice my faith freely and use my God-given potential to fulfill my purpose and encourage others to do the same.

9) Allison

I’m so thankful to be an American and live in a country that allows me to pursue my dreams. Not only that, but I know that my God-given rights of life, liberty and property will be protected as I do so. We are blessed as Americans that our fellow citizens willingly join the armed forces to protect those rights we hold so dear.

10) Izabella

I love my country because the blood of brave men seep through the soil that has remained in this land of the free since 1776. I am proud to call this country my home. Without the United States of America and the valiant souls that protected my freedoms, I would not be who I am today. Thank you to all those who have served. I can never repay you. God bless America.

11) Maria

American means the ability to choose the things you do in life.

12) Tatum

I love America because of the values that our country was founded on. Our unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness lay the foundation of our country. OUr forefathers, and great men and women in uniform, have sacrificed their lives to protect these rights for generations to come. That is what will continue to make America great and will ensure the ability to pursue the American Dream!

13) Ellie

America means freedom to me. It means I am free to be who I am and live out my faith in God. There is nothing more valuable to me than Jesus, my family, my cats, and my country. I am so grateful to live here and to be an American!

14) Sara

In the words of Ronald Reagan, “America is too great for small dreams.” I think this quote is a simple way to explain why I love America. We truly live in the land of opportunity, where, if you put in the time and hard work, you can be anyone or anything you want to be. And while you are working for your dreams, the Constitution protects you from anyone trying to stop you. There’s no other place in the world like that.

15) Maddison

To me, America simply symbolizes a place of freedom. Freedom to achieve our own goals, freedom to act as we desire, freedom to support the policies that reflect us as individuals. There is no nation that even remotely compares to the United States and every day I feel blessed to live in this beautiful and free nation, thanks to our troops.

16) Elise

I love America because of the freedoms and opportunities that this country brings for people from all walks of life. There’s no other country in the world like America and it’s a true blessing to be a citizen of the USA. I’m truly grateful for the men and women that keep America safe and for fighting for the freedoms and rights that make America so special.

17) Whitney

America means freedom and opportunity. In many cases, these go hand-in-hand. Living in America means freedom to choose which of the countless opportunities suits your life, access to tools needed to reach your goals, and freedom without fear of oppression to live your dream.

18) Caroline

American exceptionalism is why I love this country so much. In no other country can you find such diversity, patriotism, and unity. I love the USA because as Americans, we believe that we are born with rights and not that the government gives them to us. It truly is the greatest country on Earth.

Georgia G

Georgia Gallagher graduated from the University of Alabama in the summer of 2019 where she majored in Journalism and Political Science. She is currently working as a Cast Member at  Walt Disney World in Florida. In her free time she can be found advocating for pro-life policies and working with single or low-income mothers. She often says that her planner is second only to her Bible and she’s never caught without a cup of coffee in her hand.