Immigration Quotes from U.S. Veterans

immigration quotes from u.s. veteransOn this Veterans Day, CitizenPath recognizes the contributions of immigrants that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Share these immigration quotes from great Americans.

“Dear America, I am an Arab American, but a proud American just like you (…) On that dreadful day, September 11th, my duffel bag was already packed and I was waiting to answer the call of duty. Why was I ready? I also want a better and safer America just like you. When it comes to patriotism and loyalty, I am red, white and blue, just like you.”
Sergeant Mahmoud El-Yousef in an open letter to American news outlets, February 2007

“You who have been born in America, I wish I could make you understand what it is like [to] not be an American – [to] not have been an American all your life — and then, suddenly, with the words of a man in flowing robes to be one, for that moment and forever after. One moment you belong with your fathers to a million dead yesterdays — the next you belong with America to a million unborn tomorrows.”
George Magar Mardikian, an Armenian-born naturalized American citizen who was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Harry S Truman for his contributions to his adopted country

“They are willing to fight for a country that they weren’t even citizens of. I wish all Americans felt that way about their country.”
Captain Kirk Thorsteinson during a naturalization ceremony in Kuwait, June 2007

“When you enlisted into the armed forces you swore to support and defend a Constitution that did not yet fully apply to you. You chose to endure the same sacrifices as your fellow comrades in arms to preserve the freedom of a land that was not yet fully yours. You accepted that you might have to pay the ultimate price on behalf of a nation to which you did not fully belong. Now, you will officially become citizens of the United States, a country to which each of you has already borne true faith and allegiance in your hearts and your deeds.”
General David Petraeus addressing a naturalization ceremony for 161 at Camp Victory, Iraq, on Independence Day, 2007

“I was once asked by a reporter why as a non-citizen of the United States, I volunteered to join the military and serve in Vietnam. I answered, ‘I was always an American in my heart.”
Alfred Rascón, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient

“I choose the citizenship because I believe what the Americans believe, their value system, their freedoms”
Army Chaplain Jin Hee Chang, a native of South Korea

“…I felt I had an obligation to serve the country that helped give my family a new life. It was my way of thanking America.”
U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Jamal S. Baadani, a native of Egypt and founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans

Additional Reading

Immigration Quotes from Great Americans
Immigrants in the Military
Recognizing the Contribution of Immigrants to the Armed Forces
Immigrant Medal of Honor Recipients
Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez: A Real American Hero