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If you have been following The Chicago Files for a while, you will no doubt know that I talk a lot about my observations, musings, and general findings here in Chicago.
Well my dear readers, today’s post is of a more personal nature. Today, I became a U.S. Citizen! I am now a dual-citizen, holding citizenship in the United States and Canada. This afternoon I attended an Oath Ceremony. There were people from approximately 40 countries (about 130 people taking the Oath along with yours truly) in attendance. It was a wonderful greeting, and very moving.
I could feel the nervousness, excitement, and anticipation fill the room. It was a surreal experience, to be sure. I loved every minute of it.
Before we received our Naturalization Certificates, every country represented was called in alphabetical order. From Albania to Zimbabwe, we stood when our country of origin was called. I was one of two Canadians present. I was astonished at the global coverage of soon-to-be U.S. Citizens.
The gratitude I feel as I write this post is beyond my ability to describe in words.
Bless the United States and Canada; I have the honor and privilege of calling them both my home.
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