Today, September 17th, is Citizenship Day. While not heralded widely, the spirit behind the day is one full of meaning for almost everyone in this country, whether their own individual story, or that of their parents, grandparents and ancestors.
President Obama offers us one way to reflect on today:
“As a new group of citizens takes an oath to support and defend our country’s oldest principles, we affirm another truth: that our American journey and our success would never have been possible without the hope, the drive, and the irrepressible optimism that every generation of immigrants has brought to our shores. Across our country, Americans are working side-by-side with our Nation’s newest citizens to build strong, welcoming communities that embrace the talents and contributions of all their members.” – President Obama’s Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Proclamation