Something different for my Monday blog today, as I have special news I want to share. This past week my daughter-in-law, Rebecca, became a U.S. citizen. She stood with almost two hundred others from 38 countries and took the Naturalization Oath of Alligiance to:
**Support the Constitution;
**Renounce and abjure absolutely and entirely all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which the applicant was before a subject or citizen;
**Support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
**Bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and
A. Bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; or
B. Perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; or
C. Perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law.
The Naturalization Ceremony lasted about an hour and I found it quite interesting and stirring. Despite the problems in government and society, the United States is still a great country and I am proud to be an American. I get goosebumps every time I hear Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song “Proud to be an American ” or The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless America.
One of the highlights of the ceremony last week was the gift of music by Radu Cernat, also known as The Violin Guy, who sings in 12 languages and plays four instruments. Not all at the same time. (smile) His renditions of the National Anthem and God Bless America were beautifully done and kindled the patriotic spirit of everyone there.
The Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution presented the colors, and it was touching to see the men make the solemn walk to present the colors, then retrieve them.
The whole process to become a U.S. citizen starts months before the day a person raises their hand and takes the oath. There are interviews, tests, and endless paperwork at each step along the way. It isn’t easy or simple, especially for those who are still learning English, and I know it was a huge challenge to Rebecca. Still, she persevered, and I am so proud of her for that, which is why I celebrate her as today’s strong woman.