Make sure you wear green today; you might get pinched if you don't! As we celebrate St. Patrick's Day today, it's time to get our Irish pride on!

According to the Dictionary of American History, around 200,000 Irish immigrants came to the United States between the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, more than 56.7 million Americans can claim Irish ancestry. Our Irish ancestors have survived diversity and hardships over hundreds of years. They were persecuted for practicing Roman Catholicism, and they overcame the hardships of moving from the Old Country to the sometimes harsh conditions of American cities. Our Irish ancestors brought to America a heritage that we can be proud of.

Whether or not you have Irish ancestors yourself, today I challenge you to discover where your family fits into the great map of American history. The family that came before you is important to your life story. They've helped make you who you are today. Be proud of them!