"I'm proud to be an American...

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where at least I know I'm free."  One of the best songs every written. 

I'm thankful on this last Sunday of April to be an American by citizenship, Albanian by nationality, and a Christian by faith.  My family moved here 38 years ago, from former Jugoslavia, in the mountains of Montenegro, near the city of Tuzi.  They came to the United States to give their children a better place to live.  And living better we are.  Today, I do the same for my children.  Do what we can to provide and make a better life for our children.  This is a parents job.

May all your hopes and dreams be filled with God's leading.  May the month of May be a great month in this great land we live. 

Lu Kalaj

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Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
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Lu, I love that song.  I was recently at an event where a band sang that song live and there were a lot of veterans at two tables.  The veterans stood up for the song and I, feeling patriotic, stood up too as did a number of other people and we all sang along.  I was amazed at the crowd of 20 somethings that just sat and looked critical.  I was very upset by that.  Why don't they understand that they are free because of the many great veterans in that room?  If I were one of the vets, I would have been very insulted that the young crowd didn't stand up.

Congratulations on your 38 years in this wonderful country!

Apr 27, 2008 03:00 PM #1
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Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

I love that song!  The Army always plays that song at functions/ceremonies!  Each and every time I hear it, it moves me to tears.  I'm a PROUD ARMY SPOUSE OF AN ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIER!!!!!  I am thankful every day that he is here on American soil!!

Proudly,

Yvette Smith

Williamsburg's Preferred Realtor!

Apr 27, 2008 03:03 PM #2
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
LU, I went to an Airshow during the first Gulf War and they played that as an F-15 shot straight up in to the Air.  It as one of those memories I will never forget.  My ancestors came over a long, long time ago and I have always been so thankful that they got on that big ship.  We are so BLESSED in this nation and we so often take it for granted. 
Apr 27, 2008 03:14 PM #3
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Bill Fear
The Michigan Group - Livingston - Brighton Township, MI

Lu, It's a pleasure to work with you at The Michigan Group. We are blessed by having you here in America.

Warm Regards,
Bill Fear

Apr 27, 2008 04:04 PM #4
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Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
Thanks for the best wishes Lu. Belonging to several groups at once is very American. We all have our nationality, we all have our race, and we all have our religious affiliation. Despite those differences, we are united as Americans.
Apr 27, 2008 11:14 PM #5
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DDR Realty
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
Orange County NY
We are very blessed to live in America where we are free to make choices and take advantage of the many opportunities.
Apr 27, 2008 11:15 PM #6
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Peter Nikic
Broad & Bailey Realty LLC - Valhalla, NY

Lu - I agree, it'll be 38 years for me in October:-) having come here on my birthday, I always have 2 things to celebrate. I think I'm going to stop celebrating my birthday and just celebrate the number of years I've been in America (this gives me an extra 8 years:-)

Marchel - if you haven't already, you need to go visit the land of your ancestors. if airshows and memories have such a strong impact on you, then a visit for you is a must! btw, I saw a similar air show, those F-15's are incredible.

Apr 28, 2008 02:04 AM #7
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Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

May God bless YOU and your family, Lu........

=-)

Apr 30, 2008 09:41 AM #8
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