Kiah Griffith visits Omaha Beach in Normandy, France

Kiah Griffith reflects on her time in France during her visit to the D-Day memorial in Normandy, France.

Kiah writes:

Spur of the moment I decided to go to Normandie for the 69th anniversary of D-Day. It was incredibly chilly and windy, much like that fateful day so many years ago. The feeling is hard to describe, but it was the most patriotic feeling I have ever had in my life. During the whole study abroad experience, I kept seeing what America lacked and finally I was reminded of her strengths. Our undying love of freedom and the brave spirit of our youth is what made America so great in the past and what will do so again in the future. It was a wake up call. The respected America of yesteryear ended wars, not start them. Our current government is not something to be proud of, I was often negatively judged because my nationality. I dreaded the inevitable question, "D'ou venez-vous?" But after seeing what so many my countrymen gave their lives for, I will never be ashamed to say "Je suis americaine."