Citizenship Day is an important opportunity to remind ourselves and our communities about the rights and responsibilities of being citizens both in the United States and as part of our global community. As citizens, it is our responsibility to become active participants in our democracy, and to make sure that everyone's civil rights are protected. As a fairly new citizen, I have some strong feelings about this!
"You who have been born in America, I wish I could make you understand what it is like [to] not be an American - [to] not have been an American all your life- and then, suddenly, with the words of a man in flowing robes to be one, for that moment and forever after. One moment you belong with fathers to a million dead yesterdays-the next you belong with America to a million unborn tomorrows."-- Naturalized American Citizen George Magar Mardikian, a native of Armenia whowas awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Harry S. Truman for his contributions to his adopted country.