We all do it. Take our every day lives for granted sometimes. Our homes, jobs, the air we breath, our health, etc. But a recent event hubby and I attended put all of that into prospective.
My husband use to work for a company where he met the sweetest young woman. A little shy at first but soon became a good friend not only to my husband, but to me too. We call her our adopted grand daughter. She was born in Turkey and came to the United States about 5 years ago to make a better life for herself.
She works several jobs to pay bills and to help pay her way through the process of becoming a US Citizen. So many interviews, several trips to the CIS office, much paper work, background checks and tests all paid off recently.
Hubby and I sat and watched as our friend and 88 other members from 36 countries proudly say the oath of allegiance to become a US Citizen. We sang the National Anthem and watched a video of other future citizens take the oath while America the Beautiful played in the background.
Oath of Allegiance
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”
I cried through most of the ceremony. Mostly because I was so happy for our friend and all the others who worked so hard to earn this honor.
And then, the tears flowed for another reason.
Hearing all the words being spoken about this great country I live in and wondered, “Am I thankful enough for what I have as an American?” I fly our nations flag in my front yard, I sing the National Anthem to the best of my ability and vote at elections. That’s enough…right?
I then thought about those 89 people and how they lived and what they endured in their birth country before coming to America and earning their right to take that oath. I then realized that I live in the greatest country in the world and thank God everyday that I do. My tears became happy tears and my heart was so full that day!
One of the first things our friend did after the ceremony was fill out her Voter Registration form. The first question is – Are you a US Citizen? Her face just beamed with happiness and pride. Again, my heart was so full!
Hubby and I only wish the best for our friend and what she has planned for in her future. She wants to get her drivers license next!
As Memorial Day approaches, remember all those who gave their lives so that we all can live in this great country of ours freely!!
“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen.” Romans 13:1
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