News Release — Operation City on a Hill
Nov. 2, 2017
Operation City on a Hill, a project of the Ethan Allen Institute, will host an International Thanksgiving Dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Williston Central School cafeteria. There will be a showing of our film “A Shining City on a Hill,” which compares the modern immigrant experience to that of America’s early pilgrim settlers.
In addition to the film, ethnic dance, food and music will be featured to celebrate the vibrant diversity that immigrants bring to our civilization. The dinner will be potluck, so bring along ethnic food. As for entertainment, the details of what will be available are still being worked out, so contact Rob Maynard if you know of someone who can provide ethnic dance and music.
This event will be a kick-off program in a long term effort to teach new immigrants about America’s early pioneers and make them see that history as something that is playing out today. Our national motto is “E pluribus unum,” or “out of many, one.” It is obvious what the “many” is that makes up the historic American experience. It is the diversity of ideas and traditions of people from all backgrounds coming to America to pursue the ideal of freedom. To keep this experiment in liberty viable, we need not only to encourage such diversity, but to promote a basis for unity among our diversity. The goal will be to explore the ideas that took root here in America, culminating with the Declaration of Independence and its assertion of certain “self evident truths.” In addition, we will explore how these ideals can be promoted and applied to the challenges of today.
In the words of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: “Through their eyes, we see the freedom. The opportunity. The prosperity. We see the peace we are blessed with in America.”
So, part of the effort is to reaffirm our commitment that made our freedom possible to begin with. One of the biggest challenges in the coming century will be how to deal with a declining population as birth rates continue to decrease globally. America’s capacity to take in more immigrants will be a key factor to us remaining “A Shining City on a Hill” in the 21st century.
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