When I voted Tuesday I felt the wonderful “Proud to be an American” feeling that I get each time I vote. But this time it was even better because I knew that some new citizens were voting for the first time. I met some new citizens in a ceremony I attended at a federal court house. In the large group of people from many countries stood our son-in-law. I knew the hard sacrifices they had made to become citizens of the United States. They repeated the oath with raised right hands and I saw joy on their faces.
These are citizens who'll never miss a chance to vote. They do so thoughtfully and with great care. These are citizens who'll smile when they get a jury duty summons and will approach the job conscientiously. These are citizens who'll always represent the best of the American spirit. At our son-in-law's citizenship ceremony there was a video presentation of various American landmarks. The video's music selection was “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood. Remember that song and our new citizens the next time you vote, the next time you get a jury summons, the next time you have a chance to serve your country in any way.
May we always honor the scores of people who legally come to this country and work hard to become citizens. May their pride in America remind us of the honor it is to be a U.S. citizen.
Dianne Baker, Edmond