Out of Many, One

I had the most extraordinary opportunity today; my friends invited me to attend the naturalization ceremony for my Austrian friend becoming a US citizen. He has lived and owned a business  in this country for twelve years and speaks English beautifully. He is just a wonderful person, period.

The ceremony, 67 applicants from 27 countries, was very moving. I was inspired and reminded of how lucky we have it in this country. You can complain about the government, taxes, unemployment and it’s still the greatest place on earth to live. We are spoiled and if you don’t believe it, then just travel to other countries.

Many think our borders should be closed, but I remind you that our founding fathers created the motto, E Pluribus Unum, which translated means “Out of many, one.” This motto was later changed during Dwight D Eisenhower’s time to be “In God we trust.”

One 69 year old woman from the Philippines, was borne to an American soldier and her birth certificate states American Citizen, but since her father died a POW, he was never able to register her birth at the embassy. She has spent her life, tracing her roots and establishing her connection to the United States.

I was surprised to learn how many well known people are immigrants and to realize their significant contributions to the well-being and success of the United States; people like Bob Hope, Albert Einstein, and Alexander Graham Bell, just to name a few.

We are blessed to have our family, our friends, and a great country. We already live in the place that others hope for, study for, and wait for…

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~ by transformativethoughts on August 13, 2010.

One Response to “Out of Many, One”

  1. You are so right. I do ESL tutorting with a man from Egypt. His eyes glow when he talks about this country.

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