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Posted: 1/31/2006 6:32:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 6:46:08 AM EST by EdAvilaSr]
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:34:57 AM EST
The fortunes that God and this country have made available to you seem to be greatly appreciated. That is very noble
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Good to have you here.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:36:56 AM EST
Thank you for your service to OUR country Ed.

God bless you and your's.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:37:47 AM EST
And we're lucky to have you and your family here, Ed.
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Happy Anniversary Ed.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:41:08 AM EST
Cubans are more American than 70% of natural born Americans. My chest swells with pride and joy everytime I hear stories such as yours. I know another Cuban refugie whom after sailing a makeshift raft from Cuba to Miami, joined the USMC so he could serve the nation that he grew to love.

I wish more Americans were like you and my friend.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:44:05 AM EST
Happy America!
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:45:15 AM EST
You sir, are truly a GREAT American!
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[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 6:45:40 AM EST by triburst1]
In the winter of 1962, the runway at Miami International Airport was opened, and dozens landed in the United States. They came in search of the American Dream. One of them found it on the gun-washed pages of ar15.com...wealth, power, and passion beyond his wildest dreams. He was Edward Avilia. The world will remember him by another name.....EdSr.

Great story.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:45:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:46:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By EdAvilaSr:

I thank God for His kindness,and to this great country of ours:The United States of America,for opening its door in 1962 and for allowing us to be citizens of a true beacon of democracy and freedom in the world!

Eloquently said, sir.

Its our priviledge to know such good Americans as you.

Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:47:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 6:47:53 AM EST by NAM]
America.....F*ck yeah! (looks like wave beat me)

Now if only we could get everyone else to follow your lead and come the LEGAL way.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:49:13 AM EST
I'm glad you are an AMERICAN!

I never knew about your past and am glad to have you as a "friend".
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:50:37 AM EST
Any success I've had can be attributed to hard work and dilligence, not fortune. There is however one bit of fortune bestowed upon me, and that was being born right here in the United States of America. By virtue of my citizenship, I've had opportunities that some only dream of.

Thanks, Ed. People like me need to hear stories like yours to remind us of how great our country really is. There are some things only an immigrant can truly appreciate, and I love hearing about them. God Bless.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:51:27 AM EST
Great story Ed... You've lived history in that "been there" way...
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:54:53 AM EST

Thank you sir for your service to this country and to us. I would be honored to call you friend. You are welcome in my home anytime. If we do cross paths, the first beer is on me!

Take care,

aka Cavu
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:56:30 AM EST
Glad to have you here.

- CD

PS: BTW, we'll gladly trade Cuba our Marxist college professors for any more like you that got left behind.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:57:33 AM EST
Thanks for the reminder.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:57:48 AM EST
But I always thought you were Puerto Rican?!?!?! Oh wait, that's Wave....

Seriously, the Avila family is a perfect example of why America is great. I for one am glad as hell to have them here!!
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:58:06 AM EST
Glad you made it!
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:59:01 AM EST
God bless you, Ed Sr!
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:59:41 AM EST
Happy American Day Ed.

This is a great nation because it is a melting pot of people that want to become Americans. Not some xxx-American just American. IMHO

Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:59:59 AM EST
Thanks for everything Ed and am glad you and you're family are here.

Here's to 44 more!
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:01:10 AM EST
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It's people like you Ed, that make the United States of a America a great place.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:07:10 AM EST
Your presence has certainly improved our country.

Now imagine how awesome things would be if everytime we imported an Ed we could export a Ted(Kennedy).
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:07:28 AM EST
Wow! Thank you for that post. Thank you for your service. Congratulations on your anniversary!
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:09:06 AM EST
Glad you're here Ed.

You know Ed you and your Family have done more for this country than a 10,000 of those idiots at the democratic underground.

We celebrate the fact you made it here and thank you for your service.
Peace be with you and yours.


Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:09:06 AM EST
One more example that our culture is Freedom.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:10:31 AM EST
Not only are you a gentleman and a scholar, but you are a great American.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:10:40 AM EST
Ed, bravo.
What do you think will happen when Castro dies?
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:11:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Good folks like you are always welcome, and are what help make this country great.

Well said.

Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:12:02 AM EST

At the risk of sounding corny, that was touching and powerful.

God Bless.

Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:13:10 AM EST
Been said already and I am sure not one to kiss ass but I am also glad you made it. In more ways than one.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:13:22 AM EST
Thank you for everything
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:13:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 7:14:12 AM EST by XDBACKUPGUN]

Originally Posted By Wdsman:
Your presence has certainly improved our country.

Now imagine how awesome things would be if everytime we imported an Ed we could export a Ted(Kennedy).

Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:13:48 AM EST
WE're glad you're here!
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Someone find me a flag to salute.

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Welcome aboard.

And THANK YOU for all you have done to preserve our freedom.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:22:51 AM EST
Occasionally, the American Dream still works.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:23:08 AM EST
Ok I'm messed up....

You just had your 35th birthday but...

44 years ago you landed here.

Castros math doesn't even work for this
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:26:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By Zhukov:
Excellent post! Us immigrants are a fiercely partiotic bunch.

Thanks for you service to this country. Hopefully, Castro will kick the bucket soon and Cuba may be free again!

Damn, I knew there was something wrong with you.

/slow on the uptake

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