Celebration Day! Now we have one more voter, people. My darling husband became a Citizen of the United States of America. YES! HOORAY!!!!!!
It was a very emotional ceremony. Federal Judge Donovan W. Frank is great and a fun speaker, with plenty of reverence for the grand occasion. Habtamu was one of 71 new Americans from 28 different countries. When the court officer read the country list, from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe, tears just jumped out of my eyes. It was fabulous! (no newbies from Finland, and I think there were 4 or 5 Ethiopians)
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands, on Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
"It's long been my belief that America is a chosen place, a rich and fertile continent placed by some Divine Providence here between the two great oceans, and only those who really wanted to get here would get here. Only those who most yearned for freedom would make the terrible trek that it took to get here. American has drawn the stoutest hearts from every corner of the world, from every nation of the world. And that was lucky for America, because if it was going to endure and grow and protect its freedoms for 200 years, it was going to need stout hearts." President Ronald Reagan, 1984