I'm reminded of why Ronald Reagan called our nation the "shining city on the hill".
I'm also reminded of our responsibilities to maintain the city and the hill. Repair the walls, pull the weeds and retake the ground that was given up.
For all of her struggles, Vietnamese immigrant Nga Nguyen had this to say:
The terror on the beach, years of lean living and family separation was worth it, because of one thing.
"Freedom," Jennifer said.