"I’ve been in the country for 42 years, and I’ve always wanted to become a U.S. citizen," he said. Due to Danish laws, Andersen would have had to give up his Danish citizenship in order to become an American citizen; but that has since changed. After the law change, Andersen started the process.
He thinks that our American citizenship is something we may sometimes take for granted.
"I remember getting emotional in that ceremony,” he confessed. "I think if you’re born in this country…sometimes we might take it for granted if you’re born here. It is a big deal to become a U.S. citizen."
I think he’s right. I also think we sometimes don’t realize how valuable that citizenship is. The real jaw-dropping moment for me, however, came near the end of our conversation.
"I would say a top three experience in my life besides getting and seeing my kids born,” Andersen said. “It’s a huge, huge honor and a huge privilege to now be considered a U.S. citizen with all the rights we have as U.S. citizens."
Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to realize how blessed you are and how much you’ve been given. I AM proud to be an American.