June Challenge: The Flag Of Freedom From An Immigrant's Eye!

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"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." - Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The Flag of Freedom brings a sense of hope and opportunity and symbolizes the American dream that so many immigrants have come to pursue. For many, it represents a new beginning and a chance to build a better life for themselves and their families. 

Emotions On the Naturalization Citizenship Day

It's a day of mixed emotions for many immigrants. There's a sense of accomplishment and pride as they officially become citizens of the United States. But there's also a feeling of sadness and loss as they leave behind their homeland and everything familiar to them.

For some, it's a bittersweet experience as they start a new chapter in their lives. They're excited about all the possibilities that await them in America, and they can't help but feel nostalgic about their home country. No matter their emotions, it's sure to be a day they'll never forget. 

Waving proudly in the wind, the Flag of Freedom stands as a reminder that America is still a land of opportunity for those willing and determined to work hard for it.

"The opportunity to become a citizen of the United States is one of the greatest privileges that can be bestowed upon an individual."  --  Alexander Hamilton, A Renowned Immigrant 

The Day I Became a US Citizen 

I remember the day I became a United States citizen like yesterday. It was a beautiful calm day in early November of 1985. The Oath of Allegiance Ceremony was held in the Natural Ceremony Venue: Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA.

After the memorable and beautiful Oath of Allegiance Ceremony, we joined hands, hugged, smiled, and cried with other new citizens at the ceremony.

I felt so proud to be able to call myself an American. The flag played a big part in my journey to citizenship and has always held a special place in my heart. The flag represents freedom and opportunity, which immigrants dream of when they come to America. We all come from different backgrounds but are united under the American flag.

I am grateful for the opportunities this country has given me, and I will always be proud to fly the Flag of Freedom at every place I call home!

I hope everyone can take a moment to reflect on what this country offers. We are all fortunate to live in the greatest nation on earth, America. I believe in never giving away or letting go of the freedoms we worked and fought so hard for as one nation.

To this day, I still get a lump in my throat whenever I hear the American National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, which brings out my deep emotions experienced on The Day I Became A US Citizen!

Thank you, America, for giving us the chance to chase our dreams!

“Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history.” -- Oscar Handlin, An American Historian & Professor of History at Harvard University.

My sincere thanks to our hosts for the June Challenge: Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, and Endre Barath, Jr. Thank you for your thoughtful challenge and combined effort in hosting it...Aura Alex

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I am now retired after a successful career of 22 years as a real estate pro.

I am ready to pursue my lifelong passion for writing!
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Comments (58)

Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Kathy Streib; you're blessed as your grandparents made the critical decision to immigrate to the US. 

Although I have become so Americanized, part of me still believes in the Thai family values and inspiration shaping and affecting me and my life today. 


Jun 11, 2022 06:34 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

So many Americans self-hate the USA, yet millions risk their lives to come here.

Jun 11, 2022 07:38 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Perhaps the "haters" could go and live in different countries, and by then, they might realize how good America is! 

Thank you for being here, Dave Halpern.

Jun 11, 2022 10:32 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A wonderful post of appreciation and for the Challenge.  We do live in a wonderful country and the opportunities are there for all to be as successful as they have the drive to achieve

Jun 12, 2022 01:43 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Thank you, Ed Silva, for your comment. I love that most people, immigrant or not, see and seize opportunities abound.  

Jun 12, 2022 06:45 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good evening Aura Alex .  This is an incredibly touching post.  It is I who should be thanking all that have participated for you truly have given a deeper meaning and inspiration to 'Ole Glory'.  Mark

Jun 12, 2022 07:07 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

It is relevant and perfect timing for the subject you picked, Mark. And I couldn't think of a better co-host, Endre Barath, Jr. My heart swells as I am proud to call you and those who have contributed and found time to write, read, comment, and share, "my fellow Americans!" - Aura

Jun 12, 2022 07:59 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Great words and timing for this post and contact.  

Jun 13, 2022 05:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Aura.

Have a great day and a very productive week.

Jun 13, 2022 07:52 AM
Matt Brady
Watermark Capital - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Thank you for sharing your story and your appreciation for our counrty. I feel blessed and lucky to have been born here.

Jun 13, 2022 09:04 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY, thank you for being here and commenting on my post. I also appreciate your follow.

Jun 13, 2022 10:43 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Matt Brady; you're blessed to have been born here. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. There are many more reasons to love America than not like it!

Jun 13, 2022 10:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Aura:

What a thoughtful post for the June Challenge. Anyone who is not an immigrant can not truly understand and appreciate the emotions of becoming an American citizen and the meaning of the American Flag.


Jun 13, 2022 08:06 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Jeff Dowler, CRS 

I believe if time could travel back to your ancestors' journey to America, you would find their story reminiscent of mine.

Jun 13, 2022 09:07 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Aura:

Interesting thought - 2 generations back my maternal grandparents came over from Sweden to Ellis Island and then to New Jersey where my Mom was born.


Jun 13, 2022 09:37 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Jeff Dowler, CRS 

There you go; your grandparents started from Ellis Island. I am the first immigrant in my family, and I hope someday my daughter will tell her children and remember me as the first immigrant generation to America.

We are all immigrants, Jeff. The only natives of America are the (American) Indians.

Jun 13, 2022 10:17 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Your post is a personal and inspiring tribute to what our flag represents.  Your personal story is one of courage and resilience!  Thank you for sharing and for reminding those of us who are born here, never to take our freedom for granted!  

Jun 15, 2022 03:58 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ.

Such kind and comforting words from you. Thank you very much!❤️


Jun 15, 2022 04:14 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

My Grandparents came to America through Ellis Island. I am second generation American and never take freedom for granted. My grandfather entered World War 1 in 1917 because it was a requirement for him to come to America. He was willing to lay down his life for a taste of freedom. My father fought in WW11. My deceased husband fought in Korea for 365 days and then Vietnam. One nephew fought in Iraq. Another nephew fought in Afghanistan. 

Jun 16, 2022 07:51 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

So sorry I missed this one from you, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.

No doubt they were so proud, and you have carried that pride with you all your life. A remarkable war heroes family! Thank you for sharing.

Jun 25, 2022 06:31 PM