But that brought up another thought. At what point will we just say we are Americans? Not Irish-Americans, German-Americans, etc., but just plain American? I'm not suggesting that we forget where our ancestors came from, but will there be a time in the future where people born in the United States will just say "I'm American?"
I don't know that I ever see that happening. It is a unique trait about our country that it was built upon the backs of immigrants, which includes all the bad and good things that have happened throughout our history. I don't believe that we will ever let that go, or that we should. We are proud of our Irish ancestors in the American Revolution, our Italian ancestors in the Industrial Revolution and every other culture that participated in the advancement of our country.
Our other unique trait is that we are fiercely American. Isn't it interesting that we continue to claim our ancestors' heritage, yet trump that with the heritage of our birth country? We get our cake and eat it, too.
That being said I will continue to be a German-Irish-English-French American eating my Reuben and crusty bread with cheese, drinking my pilsner and wine and finishing off with shortbread all while wearing the red, white and blue.