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What or when or where was I when...

...people really, really knew what makes America great?
If I recall, as a child, I had been told that America was a land to come to since where my ancestors came from they had endured religious, financial, and political oppression in Europe.
Some left their roots abroad due to famine and diseases that had left only a few of their families member.
Others for just one horrific treatment after another came here to America for political asylum, since their freedoms to speak out, educate their children, professions and expressing their arts were met with harsh results, some were imprisoned others, family or neighbors or friends had been killed and that was their reasoning to leave ... and coming to America would and could welcome them all with open arms!
Again, isn't that why France gave us our Statue of Liberty?
But it originally was not for that purpose and yes it did evolve into what I stated, read this site:  ;very interesting, truly!

"Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned by France to create the statue. He intended it to be completed in time for the 1876 U.S. centennial celebration, but only the torch and the forearm were ready for display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. The statue was finally completed in 1884 and was shipped to the U.S. in late 1885. The base and pedestal were finished the following spring, and the completed monument was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It officially became a U.S. National Monument in 1924."

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The plaque says it all!

"The New Colossus--full text

Liberty Enlightening the World poster
The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus (November 2, 1883)"

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Must I?
We Americans all know that we believe this to be true.

This is the America I want to continue forever more!

 Share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!
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