This great country is a land founded, settled and built by the hard work and sacrafice of immigrants. With the exception of those descendants of indigenous Americans, every single American living today is the progeny of an immigrant. Some of ours are recent immigrants, some very early, but every one of them an immigrant. So What.
They came from all over the world; Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, bringing with them their heritage, their values, their ethos and their desire to live free. Think for a moment about someone, so desireous of freedom, that they would uproot, give up everything they have ever known and travel thousands of miles to an uncertain fate. Think for a moment about the early settlers that crossed this vast nation fighting the elements, enduring physical hardship beyond imagination, suffering diseases of every kind and bewildering uncertainty. Just think for one moment about the 90 soul Donner Party that left Springfield, Illinois, in April 1846, bound for California, losing 45 of their party within 30 miles of their goal, that winter, all in the name of settling this marvelous, abundant and free land.
Think of the fighting required to obtain our freedom, and then try to wrap your head around the fighting that has been required to keep our freedom, and the freedom of others. To date, over 1,300,000 Service men have offered up their lives for our freedom. Putting it another way in todays terms and numbers, one serviceman/servicewoman laid down his or her life for every 250 Americans alive today. Think about that November 11th.
As a first generation son of Danish immigrants, I can tell you that I love this country with all my heart and soul. I pledge allegiance to its flag, to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, and would fight for the right to make that pledge.