On Valentine’s Day, a LOVE LETTER to AMERICA…

I think a lot of us have seen this before, but it’s worth seeing again.  Thanks to CC for emailing it to me:

VIETNAMESE IMMIGRANT — Well Done. The difference between legal and illegal. This is something everyone in America should read…It looks like we did some good after all! 

 On Saturday, July 24th, 2010 the town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say:

“35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I’d laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth. I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I’d rather speak to you as an American.

 If you hadn’t noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people. I am a proud US citizen and here is my proof. It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it, and I am very proud of it.

 I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy could remember anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I can’t even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf. 

35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended. At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again. I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the U.S. Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California. It was a miracle from God. 

If you haven’t heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now. It was the freedom and the opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong. I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it. Well, I took the opportunity and here I am. 

This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn’t know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head. That was my experience. 

In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can’t remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life. 

Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California. In some way and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I was here. 

One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don’t know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand. This grown man’s eyes began to well up. I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in my life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back. 

You see, America is not just a place on the map, it isn’t just a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must accept this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here. 

Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well.  In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can’t speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages – last I looked on the Internet, there wasn’t a Vietnamese translation of the U.S. Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It’s not easy, but if it’s too easy, it’s not worth doing.

 Before I knew this 46-page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names inscribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders. 

At this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all.”

 Quang Nguyen

Creative Director/Founder  Caddis Advertising, LLC  

“God Bless America” “One Flag, One Language, One Nation Under God” 

For those who understand, no explanation is needed

For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

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13 Responses to On Valentine’s Day, a LOVE LETTER to AMERICA…

  1. Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can’t speak the language of the country you live in.

    Amen to that!

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  2. Mustang says:

    Glad to see that someone recalls the sacrifices that were made by America’s military during the Vietnam War Era … for a better understanding of this, consider reading The Village, by a former Marine and Under-Secretary of Defense, Bing West (See: https://www.amazon.com/Village-Bing-West/dp/0743457579). This is the story of a rifle squad of Marine volunteers who fought in defense of 6,000 Vietnamese villagers for 495 days. The villagers continue to remember these Marines to the present day; in contrast to this, easily half of all Americans living today do not even know where Viet Nam is, let alone what happened there.

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  3. z says:

    Mustang….Mr Z and I flew over Vietnam on a trip…I had no idea we’d be doing that and suddenly and interestingly the pilot announced we were flying over it…he hadn’t mentioned other countries we’d flown over. Not to sound too corny, but tears started rolling down my face and I was stunned by my subconscious reaction….I think even we who never went there left a piece of our heart there.

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  4. z says:

    Aow…amen is right

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  5. z says:

    Well! Believe it or not I just read this post to a high school art class I’m subbing today. I added that most of America has another idea about America…and how important it is to hear how grateful people are for our country. They seemed mildly interested but I believe this stuff sinks in…let us pray!

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  6. Baysider says:

    Hard to finish through the tears in my eyes.

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  7. Kid says:

    This definitely puts a lump in your throat. I wish we had so many more of him here.

    Just had lunch with a guy who has a family member in high school in Miami-Dade County. He is in a class of 32 and not a single other person in the class in here legally.

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  8. geeez2014 says:

    It IS emotional…and I was so proud to read it to the kids……

    Kid, that is heart wrenching…they should all be marched out and …..HOME.
    The NERVE of people sneaking into a country and expecting education, healthcare, etc.
    THEY need to have this piece read to them!
    I’m ALL for legal immigration; what’s happening here now is NUTS.

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, tomorrow’s post may really make you weep! (When are we going to The Counter?!)

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  10. Baysider says:

    Oh no!

    A hearty second to Mustang’s recommendation of The Village,. I read it years ago when he first recommended it. One of the 3 best books on the social contract in times of upheaval. Deep at many levels. No wonder it’s on the Marine Corps Commandant’s reading list!

    Lunch – maybe March??

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  11. Many people think Vietnam is where we fought the Russians in WWII.
    I am not making that up.
    This reminds me of the story Reagan told of the refugees on the raft yelling to the sailor, “Hey! Freedom Man!”.
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=42147

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  12. I’m grateful I wasn’t ordered to ‘Nam.
    I know to many who were and it took its toll.
    On the 24th I’ll be interviewing a friend of mine who has had severe PTSD for years from flying a chopper there.
    He has only recently had relief through a Christian based program, Operation Reboot, and I will also be interviewing the guy running the local chapter that helped him.

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  13. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, thank God for groups like Operation Reboot……Reagan was THE BEST EVER.

    Baysider..you let me know. We’re both too busy and, hopefully, we can get it together for a burger!~

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