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Let's Show Some American Pride
Freedom of Speech
Through An Immigrant's Eyes
Today, I watched a very moving ceremony on a morning news show. A large group of immigrants took an oath to become citizens of our country. They were of many nationalities. Men and women, old and young, some already wore the uniform of our military. They all had something in common.....American Pride.
With tears in their eyes, they spoke of feeling that they have been born again. They pledged allegiance to our flag, and to our country.
This at a time when Americans in states all across this country, are signing documents wishing to secede from the United States of America. What must these new citizens think, when they hear natural born Americans speak such words against their country.
It is only because of our freedom, that citizens are allowed to speak against their country. Many of these new citizens probably would have been shot, in their homeland, if they had ever spoke openly against their government.
Maybe it is time for all of us that take our country for granted, to look at again, and look at it new....THROUGH AN IMMIGRANT'S EYES.
New Citizen Ceremony on Today Show
- 30 new citizens take oath to become Americans - Video on TODAY.com
Video on TODAY.com: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Alejandro Mayorkas of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services make the dreams of 30 citizen candidates come true as they administer the oath to make each one of them a full Ame
Price of Freedom
Our Flag Stands for Freedom
If watched the previous video clip, you saw new Americans proudly waving the American Flag. Our country has many famous symbols, but our flag is probably the most universally recognized by all. It is flown in all fifty states, and every child learns the "Pledge of Allegiance" in school.
Why is it than, that some Americans, think it is right to fly their flags upside down? What would these new citizens, so thankful to be here, think of that?
The second verse of Lee Greenwood's famous song, "God Bless the USA" states...."I'd thank my lucky stars, to be livin here today. Cause the flag still stands for freedom, and they can't take that away."
God Bless the USA Lyrics
How to Fly the American Flag
- When and How to Display the U.S. Flag
The United States Flag Code stipulates that as the symbol of a living country, the flag is considered in itself a living thing. These regulations outline the proper ways to display the American flag.
Some Want to Take the Money Before Running
- States With Most Signatures to Secede Took Millions in Federal Money - ABC News
All the states petitioning to secede from the United States that obtained enough signatures to elicit a response from the White House — with the exception of Alabama — were some of the largest recipients of federal funding in 2010. Census records sho
Revisiting the Past
I think that a good way to appreciate what we have now, is to revisit the past. Look up some family history. Unless you are an American Indian, most like likely your family originally came from another land.
My family heritage is English and German. My maternal grandfather was born in Germany, and came to America at the age of eight. My maternal grandmother was of English heritage. They came here in time for the great depression, to live in a rural Minnesota town. My paternal grandparents were also German. As with immigrants today, they were proud Americans.
My husband's family originally came from Ireland and Scotland. About six years ago, we took a trip to Ireland, and were able to trace some of his roots.
What I am trying to say here is that at one time, we were all proud new Americans. Our children, and grandchildren will grow up proud, if we will just look at the world through their eyes, and our ancestors eyes.
The eyes of immigrants!