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Happy Birthday America by Marjorie Kondrack

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AUTHOR: Marjorie Kondrack on 7/04/2024

My grandmother immigrated to America from Kilkee, county Clare, Ireland.  I always wanted to learn more about her life there, but she spoke very little of it. It seems she decided to just let go of hungry Ireland and cast her lot in her new country.

Because of family struggles she had to return to Ireland, but was able to return to the land she now loved and fully embraced.  My grandmother loved patriotic poems. I offer an excerpt from her favorite; America For Me, by Henry VanDyke—which had special meaning:

”So it’s home again and home again, America for me/My heart is turning home again and there I long to be/In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars/where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.”

God bless our country on its 248th birthday.

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