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Richard Wilson, already a great American
Column by the Editor
posted July 14, 2008
COLUMN – My wife I
were honored to attend
the celebration of Richard Wilson becoming a citizen of the United
States of America on Saturday. Watching and listening to Richard speak
on what it means to him to finally be an American was heartfelt and
moving. Almost everyone, at some point during his speech, reached up to
wipe tears from their eyes. It was then that it dawned on me that those
who seek for years to legally become an American citizen have a better
grasp of what it means than some of those who are born into the
Too often “American born” means that one takes the freedoms they have
for granted, mainly because they have never been denied their freedoms.
Moreover because they never had to do anything to receive freedom other
than being born, save those who serve to protect our country by serving
in the military.
No, hearing the words from one who truly understands why being an
American is so special was a great lesson to all. Many are glad to be
an American, Richard Wilson cherishes it, yearned for it, and spent
years making his dream- the American Dream- a reality.
I am not saying that only a new citizen understands what it is to be an
American, but I am saying that Richard has a far better grasp of the
situation than most we see in our society. I can honestly say that
Richard Wilson made me proud that he is a fellow citizen of these
United States of America.
My first words of advice to Richard - go register to vote. The United
States, South Carolina, and Edgefield County needs you.
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