What Does 'American' Mean To You? (SLIDESHOW)

07/04/2012 10:30 am ET | Updated Jul 04, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

Wherever you are, we hope you are commemorating the spirit of independence that has served the United States and its citizens so well for 236 years; a spirit empowered by the shared inspiration all Americans can find in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

From such simple yet bold words, a nation was forged, a people became Americans.

But how do people nowadays define 'American'? What does it mean to be an American? We asked this question to colleagues and friends, here's what they had to say:

What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments below.

What Does 'American' Mean To You?

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