On this day, we gather because we have chosen
hope over fear,
unity of purpose over conflict and discord….
…the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free,
and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness…
What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
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