Every Time That Flag’s Unfurled

Today is the day that we Americans celebrate our declaration of independence from the British Empire. We often forget that it took a bit longer to enforce that declaration and another few decades to prove the point…

We also occasionally forget, while studying genealogy, that people are still arriving daily on our shores, following dreams similar to those that took our own ancestors to strange shores. This NPR story tells us of John Keating, a relatively recent immigrant from South Africa, who now lives in Belmont, North Carolina. Within a series on songs that we’ve discovered thanks to our parents, John talks of Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America“ and what it means to him.

The story: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/03/156210458/an-immigrants-tale-with-neil-diamonds-siren-song

 

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