On this 4th of July weekend, I present more of our immigrant heritage. Imagine if you will, leaving your home country for a foreign country of which you know little more than it is a land of freedom. Or so you've heard from others. When you arrive you are trying to assimilate as best you can. The language is different and you need to learn English as best you can to succeed. Why did you leave your native country? Freedom? Religious Freedom? Economic Freedom? Freedom from oppression of the landed gentry, the aristocracy? To escape the constant warfare of Europe?
When you arrive you are an outsider who doesn't speak the language and despite the fact you may be very educated, you are considered illiterate because you don't speak English. You desperately want to fit in, but it is difficult. You may have left because of war, or because your father or brothers fought in the European wars.
To your horror the United States breaks apart and is consumed by war. You as a new American must make a choice. Fight for America, your new country or remain forever an outcast. You decide to fight for your country, but which side? Some fought for the blue, some for the gray. Whatever side you fight on, it is eerily familiar to the old country. War seems to follow you. But fight you must.
I have ancestors who fought in the Ohio 9th German, Die Neuner, out of Cincinnati. They fought proudly and bravely. There is a reason they are mentioned first on this video. I am proud of my ancestors who fought for their adopted country. Many ethnicities did the same and died for their adopted country.
THEIR FACES TOWARDS HEAVEN THEIR FEET TO THE FOE.
What does it mean to be an American?