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Because I am a New Yorker

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:48 pm    Post subject: Because I am a New Yorker
From Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:00 am to Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:59 am (included)
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Because I am a New Yorker


I am a New Yorker

When I go on vacation, I never look up

Skyscrapers are something I take for granted

The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are part of me
Taxis and noise and subways and "get outa heah" don't rattle me

Because I am a New Yorker


I am a New Yorker

I was raised on cultural diversity before it was politically correct

I eat Greek food and Italian food, Jewish and Middle Eastern food and

Chinese food

Because they are all American food to me.

I don't get mad when people speak other languages in my presence
Because my relatives got to this country via Ellis Island and chose to stay

They were New Yorkers


People who have never been to New York have misunderstood me

My friends and family work in the industries, professions and
businesses that benefit all Americans

My firefighters died trying to save New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers

They died trying to save Americans and non-Americans

Because they were New Yorkers.


I am a New Yorker

I feel the pain of my fellow New Yorkers

I mourn the loss of my beautiful city

I feel and dread that New York will never be the same
But then I remember:

I am a New Yorker


And New Yorkers have:

Tenacity, strength and courage way above the norm

Compassion and caring for our fellow citizens

Love and pride in our city, in our state, in our country

Intelligence, experience and education par excellence

Ability, dedication and energy above and beyond

Faith--no matter what religion we practice

Terrorists hit America in its heart

But America's heart still beats strong

Demolish the steel in our buildings, but it doesn't touch the steel
in our souls

Hit us in the pocketbook; but we'll parlay what we have left into a
fortune
End innocent lives leaving widows and orphans, but we'll take care of
them

Because they are New Yorkers


Wherever we live, whatever we do, whoever we are

There are New Yorkers in every state and every city of this nation

We will not abandon our city

We will not abandon our brothers and sisters

We will not abandon the beauty, creativity and diversity that New York
represents

Because we are New Yorkers

And we are proud to be New Yorkers


REMEMBER THE WTC

Author - Vincent Pasquale, Maspeth, NY
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