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Photo: International Exchange Program - USNSCC

Photo: International Exchange Program - USNSCC

On September 11, 2002 the US Citizenship and Immigration Service in Vermont decided that it was fitting to set aside this date every year to swear in new citizens to this country. On September 11, 2001 the country fused together as it had not in a good long time. People came from around the country (and also the world) to help those in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that needed assistance. We citizens did what any family would do in a crisis, swarm in and take over – help where help was needed, do what needed to be done, even if it meant only to share the tears and offer shoulders to cry upon. There was a strong sense of pride in being American, a regeneration of the spirit that formed our country many, many years ago. So fitting then, that each day on the anniversary of one of this country’s greatest tragedies as a nation, we should welcome with open arms those that share our spirit and long to stand as one with us.

We have a dear friend, who a few years ago, studied hard and completed all of the paperwork necessary to become a citizen. It was a great celebration in our family and with our friends, for he is a great guy and a wonderful addition to our country. I know how difficult it is to take the time to make that commitment and how much it means to those that do it.

Today, in Montpelier, United States Circuit Court Judge Hall presided over the 8th such commemorative 9/11 ceremony, swearing in 91 immigrants from 37 countries. As of this afternoon each of these 91 can proudly call themselves “Americans”.

Congratulations to each and every one of you.

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In this turbulent world these days, I think we are too often bombarded with negative news, be it people we know that are losing their jobs, losing their houses, companies  that are falling apart and in general news that the world is crumbling around us. As Americans, we are obsessed with excess, we want the bigger house, the better car, more things. Our meals are king sized and super sized. We are trained to not be content with what we do have, we are constantly told we need more, different, bigger, better. We are a greedy and arrogant lot. We all too often do not sit back and be grateful for and content with what we have. I am not advocating complacency or laziness but rather simple contentment. A trait that is, sadly, pretty much, unthought of in our society. We often spend our lives working toward the bigger or the better that sadly we often times do not enjoy our lives at all. We should relish what and who we have in our lives. We should reflect and be grateful for those things and people in our lives that others are not as fortunate to have. The things that are immeasurable and cannot be bought – such as love, family, friends and our health. These are the things that we often take for granted — until we are alone, isolated and ill. 

Often, we hear that youth is wasted on the young. That with age comes wisdom. These adages speak some truths. We often are reckless enough to fail to realize that sometimes we have the most important things, the things we really need, right in front of us.

Be grateful.

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