A proud tradition during Ross-Ade Stadium pregame ceremonies is the reading of this tribute to freedom by John Hultman, "voice" of the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band, prior to the playing of the national anthem.

I am an American. That's the way most of us put it, just matter of factly. They are plain words, those four: you could write them on your thumbnail, or sweep them across this bright autumn sky. But remember too, that they are more than just words. They are a way of life. So whenever you speak them, speak them firmly, speak them proudly, speak them gratefully. I am an American.


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