Gen. David Petraeus quote
Gen. David Petraeus, administering the oath of enlistment to 588 Soldiers and participating in a naturalization ceremony for 161 at Camp Victory, Iraq, on Independence Day.

When you enlisted into the armed forces you swore to support and defend a Constitution that did not yet fully apply to you. You chose to endure the same sacrifices as your fellow comrades in arms to preserve the freedom of a land that was not yet fully yours. You accepted that you might have to pay the ultimate price on behalf of a nation to which you did not fully belong. Now, you will officially become citizens of the United States, a country to which each of you has already borne true faith and allegiance in your hearts and your deeds.

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