My daughter Libby Martinez and I wrote I Pledge Allegiance, inspired by our aunt Ygnacia Delgado, whom my siblings and I (and our children) called Lobo. In this book, Libby asks Lobo why she wants to be a citizen. Lobo answers, "The American flag--red, white, and blue--wrapped itself around me to protect me...The flag made me feel...(s)afe and warm." May we strive to live up to the ideals of our country. Happy 4th of July!