My grandparents fled Eastern Europe years ago. They came here
because this nation had a reputation for freedom. They remained here,
assured of freedom, because your ancestors initiated a chain of political
discourse that fanned out from the Magna Carta.
How extraordinary -- the resolve of the British People --
their battles to promote and preserve a parliamentary republic --
their current support and comfort -- our futures.
My deepest and most sincere thanks to all of you.
---New Orleans, Louisiana
---October 3rd, 2001