I usually try to keep our Glatt Consulting blog content focused solely on the exploration of credit union-related ideas and issues. However, on occasion I will bring something from my personal life to the site to share with the many people who follow us online. This is one such occasion.
On Friday, March 30, my 5th-grade son Tyler will read a short paragraph he wrote to an assembly at his school. But this is not just any assembly. It is an assembly for the purpose of conducting a Naturalization ceremony. Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act.* One of the school’s employees is becoming a US citizen, and the ceremony is being held at the school.
Out of the many students that submitted essays for this event, Tyler’s was chosen as the one to be shared at the ceremony, and I would like to share it here, unedited…his own words. At a minimum, it is worth sharing in the context of a proud dad bragging about his children, but I believe there is more to what Tyler has written than that. It is a reminder, for me and hopefully for you, of what makes America great.
What it Means to Be an American…by Tyler Glatt
I am proud to live in a place that is very well educated and determined to be the best country that we can be. Everyone’s hard work and bravery has upgraded this country from where we all started many years ago. Our country has stood tall and our flag is still there. I am very proud to say that the United States has the freedom to express our feelings in ways that will improve our country. I could not believe what my life would be like if no one ever wrote the constitution. I am very proud to be an American citizen that is United with loyalty to each other.
* Source: US Department of Homeland Security