Wishing a very happy 241st birthday to this country that is my home. Now, more than ever, I am proud to call myself an American. Not because of our leadership, not because of our policies, but because of our people. November 2016 sparked an apathetic nation and gave it purpose.
All around us, Americans are joining hands. We are crossing barriers. We know that the time for disinterest has passed.
There is a long road ahead as we seek to uphold our identity as a land of freedom, of opportunity, and of diversity. We can do it. We must do it. If not for these things, I wouldn’t know my wife, the daughter of a Scotsman and a South Korean immigrant.
Celebrate tomorrow. Raise a glass to those you love and those who fight for you. Be kind to those with whom you disagree. Remember that though we are all beautifully different, our hearts are red, and white, and blue.
“ Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door! ”
– Emma Lazarus –
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