Ceremony to honor fallen Md. soldier,...

Ceremony to honor fallen Md. soldier, new citizenship law

There are 3 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jun 26, 2008, titled Ceremony to honor fallen Md. soldier, new citizenship law. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

A ceremony has been scheduled for next week at Fort McHenry to honor a Maryland soldier who was killed in Iraq while trying to complete an application for U.S. citizenship.

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Bethpage, NY

#1 Jun 26, 2008
Why honor someone who died for our country as a non US citizen. He should have been honor that US citizenship when he inlisted into the military! That should have been proof that he was all for our country! Now he will become a citizen and not be able to enjoy it fully!

Austell, GA

#2 Jun 26, 2008
As a Trinidadian (born on the caribbean island called Trinidad & Tobago) I too ran into this snaffu of INS beauracracy, but on the American soil...

Thank God that on my active tour of duty, I did not have to endure what this American/Trinidadian hero was subject too.

My prayers and thoughts go up to God for this mother in her loss/gain. She has lost a precious gift of a beautiful black/african young man.

The silver lining and blessing is in all this,is that she (like all great women of color) somehow finds a way to "strap up" look adversity in the face and say to adversity---NO! I WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO DESTROY MY FAMILY, NOR OUR AMERICAN DREAM!

In closing, I for one give praises to the black mother of this fallen military brother. She has been a true "soldier," and I know that her son is looking down on her and is smiling and proud. Damn the p-o-l-i-t-r-i-c-i-a-n-s!!! they voted for American young men/women to die for oil. I hope they live in "hell-on-earth." I plan to attend this ceremony to honor one of my fellow military brothers to say thanks, his mother, and the countries of TnT and America.

Trinidadian-American living in "Ground Zero" B-More City

Baltimore, MD

#3 Jun 26, 2008
So why is this becoming another racae issue ? It is not about the black/african, his strong black mother or the people of color. INS is known to deny citizenship to anyone unless you are old and cannot speak English. This I have witnessed first hand, my husband(a very dark man from Peru) denied citizenship while in the next cubicle there was someone being sworn in who couldn't even REPEAT the words being said to her. Get over the race issue and be glad we allow you in this great country

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