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Being an American: 'It Means Everything'

Agnes Cox, 93, sits down with Patch to discuss history, her life and what being an American means to her.

As Independence Day approaches, I sat down with local residents who lived through some of America’s most historic moments.

In the first of four interviews, hear from these deep-rooted citizens at  and what being an American means to them.

Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch: What does being an American mean to you?
Agnes Cox: It means everything. I have a daughter that was in the Marines, so it’s been wonderful to me. It’s everything I enjoy. Flags. Picnics. Summertime. When I lived in New Jersey I always had a pool, so definitely summertime.

Patch: What historical event defines your experiences as an American?
Cox:
I think it was when the World War started and everything. It was in the 40s, but then when the war ended, when Japan surrendered, that was a wonderful day. It was during the summertime. We were in the backyard in the pool and we heard it on the radio.

Patch: When you think of Independence Day, what emotions come to mind?
Cox:
Thankfulness. I’m thankful I live in the U.S. and we are free. We can vote. We can tell what we don’t like and tell what we do like and we don’t have to worry about being court-martialed. I was in Russia one time and all the things I had to worry about, I had to keep my eyes out all the time. I’m grateful I live in the U.S. and I don’t have to live like that.

What does being an American mean to you? Tell me in the comments.

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