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 Citizenship in the United States of America
Troop 721 Milford, CT -  Citizenship in the United States of America
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The United States of America  Also referred to as the United States, the U.S., the USA, or America - we are a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to the east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.
Family Tradition We are citizens in that we owe allegiance to our Government and in return our Government owes us protection. As good Citizens we contribute our personal time to our American Society, our local Community and our Friends and Neighbors. We vote, pay our taxes, and follow the law. We ensure the security of our Neighborhoods and Work Places. We volunteer our time to good causes, we respect the rights of others and demand the same for ourselves. We contribute to those less fortunate who work hard for themselves. We conduct ourselves in accordance with American Family Values and respect everyone's right to practice their own religion and live as they please. We know and understand our History and live up to the ideals expressed in The Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Background When we speak of Citizenship we are normally referring to "the quality of an individual's response to membership in a community". The concept embodies all that is good in model Citizens. One must first understand the definitions of the words Citizen and Citizenship. Citizen: 1.  an inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a        freeman 2.  a member of a state b : a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a .overnment      and is entitled to protection from it 3.  a civilian as distinguished from a specialized servant of the state. Citizenship: 1. the status of being a citizen 2. membership in a community (as a college) b : the quality of an individual's response to     membership in a community.