Last year in Spring, I had two choices: I can apply for a new green card, or I take the big step and become a citizen of the United States of America. After living in the US for 12 years, I decided to start the citizenship process.
It is nine months later. Everything is done. I took the Oath at the Naturalization Ceremony, today. And now I can say: “I am proud to be an American!”
UPDATE: I wanted to write a little bit more about this subject. But since we had guests with us, who celebrated this event with me, I had to keep it a little bit shorter.
This is my little “keepsake”:
Every year on Veterans Day, we have a ceremony in our girls’ school. Kevin and I decided to go to Sara’s elementary school, for the celebration last November. The guest speakers were Constable Michael A. Truitt and former The Colony Judge James R. DePiazza. I remember Constable Michael A. Truitt said something very touching to the kids. “…When you see the flag or a flyover before a ballgame or watch the fireworks on 4th of July, it gives you butterflies in your tummy, that is Patriotism. It makes you feel good inside. …” I choked up with him. And I had watery eyes. Because I knew exactly what he was talking about. I couldn’t have decribed it any better. It really does make ya feel good inside. And it is good to know, that we live in a country where we have the freedom to choose, if we want to respect the flag, the anthem, and so many more customs of the United States.
It was nice to hear something so beautiful and touching, while I was in the process getting my citizen ship.
I’m proud to be a part of this great country!