Sunday, May 31, 2009

In America, "Impossible is Nothing"~Cadet Col. Adnan Barqawi

As you know I was front and center at the Republican Party of Virginia Convention this weekend. While I went in with limited expectations, I found myself rejuvenated in my fellow citizens and my Party, but nothing inspired me as much as a speech that was given late on Saturday afternoon, by a speaker whose name I had never heard before.

It was at least a thousand degrees in the Coliseum by 3 o'clock, and we were awaiting the results of the first round of voting, we had heard from everyone that had ever held a title in the Commonwealth. People were tired, hot and weary for the wear, but then a young man took the stage and in just 16 minutes he inspired those previously too exhausted to even go buy a $4 water, to leap to their feet and remain standing for most of his speech.

I am proud to say I was one of them, standing, clapping and admittedly crying as Cadet Colonel Adnan Barqawi shared his story of a young Palestinian boy raised in Kuwait, a man without a country, to his journey to Virginia Tech where he became commander of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech then on April 17th of this year, he became an American citizen. A Man without a Country no longer...Cadet Col. Barqawi reminded all those within the sound of his voice.. that in America "Impossible is Nothing".

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Special Thanks to Rick Sincere for sharing his video of this amazing moment....