What it Means to be An American

I usually try to keep our Glatt Consulting blog content focused solely on the exploration of credit union-related ideas and issues. However, on occasion I will bring something from my personal life to the site to share with the many people who follow us online. This is one such occasion.

On Friday, March 30, my 5th-grade son Tyler will read a short paragraph he wrote to an assembly at his school. But this is not just any assembly. It is an assembly for the purpose of conducting a Naturalization ceremony. Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act.* One of the school’s employees is becoming a US citizen, and the ceremony is being held at the school.

Out of the many students that submitted essays for this event, Tyler’s was chosen as the one to be shared at the ceremony, and I would like to share it here, unedited…his own words. At a minimum, it is worth sharing in the context of a proud dad bragging about his children, but I believe there is more to what Tyler has written than that. It is a reminder, for me and hopefully for you, of what makes America great.

What it Means to Be an American…by Tyler Glatt

I am proud to live in a place that is very well educated and determined to be the best country that we can be. Everyone’s hard work and bravery has upgraded this country from where we all started many years ago. Our country has stood tall and our flag is still there. I am very proud to say that the United States has the freedom to express our feelings in ways that will improve our country. I could not believe what my life would be like if no one ever wrote the constitution. I am very proud to be an American citizen that is United with loyalty to each other.

* Source: US Department of Homeland Security 


  1. Tom, you have a lot to be proud of and I am glad that you shared this with us. Tyler’s last sentence needs to be remembered and practice by everyone no matter their political affiliation, we may disagree but we need to remember we are better united than divided. As someone whose mother was born in Cuba and Grandparents in Russia it is great that his school is celebrating the Naturalization of this school employee. Too many US Citizens take what we have for granted. Congratulations to Tyler on being choosen.

  2. The words brought a smile to my face and a glow to my heart. You must be very proud to have a child who is sensitive to the importance of citizenship and to the symbols of our freedom. Give him my congratulations, too. God Bless America.

    P.S. He is also a product of good parenting.

  3. Wow!!! We love these thoughtful & uplifting words. Luther especially loved the phrase “the best that we can be”. Congratulations to the whole family & Tyler in particular-a very special young man!!!

  4. So very special! We are very proud of Tyler and are in total agreement with such a wise young man.

    We miss you all very much!

  5. What’s a Grandmother to say…so proud of my boy! What a terrific grandson. And I second the missing part!

  6. Tyler’s essay is fantastic!!! I know the whole family must be very proud of him!!! Please congratulate him for being chosen to read his essay. How wonderful it is to have a young man like Tyler understand the importance of citizenship and what it means to be an American. Our country needs more young people like him.

  7. I shared the impressive number of readers visiting this post, as well as the comments, with Tyler. He said, “wow!” Thanks to everyone who visited, and especially to those who posted or emailed such nice and inspiring notes.

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