Eric Liu is the son of immigrants from China and CEO of Citizen University, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting a culture of powerful citizenship in the United States. When he and his wife, Jena, attended a United States naturalization ceremony, they were so moved they decided to organize opportunities for other citizens, new and old alike, to renew their vows as Americans. Here is the nonpartisan "Sworn-Again" oath they created:
I pledge to be an active American.
To show up for others,
To govern myself,
To help govern my community.
I recommit myself to my country's creed:
To cherish liberty as a responsibility.
I pledge to serve and to push my country:
When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be set right.
Wherever my ancestors and I were born,
I claim America
And I pledge to live like a citizen.
As we gather to celebrate our nation's independence, I pray we all take the time to read this pledge and renew our vows as Americans. Our future is together.
Teacher, Marysville Getchell High School