Matthew Allen Ramsay

Matthew Allen Ramsay

Manchester, NH

In 1972, an American Couple had gone to Pearl Buck Foundation. My father asked who are the hardest to adopt. They showed him biracial children Korean Children like me, other biracial children, and Native American Children. On Tuesday, September 26, 1972, at age 7, I arrived at JFK International Airport, New York City, NY. I spoke no English. I only spoke Korean. I was handed Winnie the Pooh Bear Toy which I still have. From 1972-1985, I went to public school in New Hampshire. On Friday, April 7, 1978, I became a U.S. Citizen in Manchester, N.H. Now, I had U.S. citizenship. I was not a stateless person anymore. As Neil Diamond says in his song America,”Home, to a new and a shiny place Make our bed, and we’ll say our grace Freedom’s light burning warm Freedom’s light burning warm” At the end of my junior year in high school, I went to U.S. Army Basic Training and graduated. I did my senior year in high school. Then in 1985, I did my particular Military Occupational Specialty Training (MOS). I attended and graduated from New England College in 1990. In 1991, I was sent with my New Hampshire Army National Guard Company to serve in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during the Gulf War. In 2003, during the Iraq War,I was sent with with my same New Hampshire Army Guard Company to serve at FOB LSA Anaconda, Balad, Saladin Province, Iraq for one year. Even when I am the only American in a movie theater in the Philippines and they play the Star Spangled Banner, in a pay per view match, I stand up proud for my beloved country. South Korea looked at me as a non-person if I had stayed would have had no education. I would have been illiterate person doing dirty and dangerous jobs. I would have been a non-citizen with no rights, to vote, or to run for public office in the land of my birth. America allowed me for an education. Also to be recognized as human being. I was trusted with great responsibility. For this I love my country that allowed me to go far. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

 

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