"Give me your tired, your poor,
"Immigration is the story of American history. From the earliest days of our nation, generation upon generation of immigrants has come to be part of a land that offers freedom and opportunity to those willing to do their part. Immigrants built our great cities. They cultivated our rich farm lands. They built the railroads and highways that bind America from sea to shining sea. They erected houses of worship to practice their faiths. They fought under America’s colors in our wars... over the centuries, immigrants came to America from every part of the globe and made the American dream. They created a nation that is the envy of the world."
Our country has been founded on the hard work, resilience and perseverence of millions of immigrants. The following stories and profiles show the contributions that immigrants make in different fields. From medicine to the arts to sports to politics, these outstanding immigrants are only a few examples of the positive effects of immigration on our nation... a nation of immigrants!
The Medal of Honor is the highest military award given by the United States government. Throughout several decades, immigrants have bravely defended the country that opened its doors to receive them, sometimes not so warmly. Despite injustice and prejudice, immigrants in the military have shown their love for the American flag through their bravery, strength and even willingness to give up their lives to defend what our country stands for.
The following is an excerpt from the US Department of Defense site on the history of the Medal of Honor:
The first formal system for rewarding acts of individual gallantry by the nation's fighting men was established by General George Washington on August 7, 1782. Designed to recognize "any singularly meritorious action," the award consisted of a purple cloth heart. Records show that only three persons received the ward: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, Sergeant William Brown, and Sergeant Daniel Bissel Jr.
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