Please join us on Thursday, April 19, 2018 to celebrate 74 candidates from 41 countries as they take the oath of allegiance and become naturalized American citizens. They and their family members will participate in the Naturalization Ceremony which will be held inside of St. John’s Church. St. John’s Church Foundation and Commonwealth Chapter, NSDAR are again partnering to co-sponsor this event April 19th also signifies the first day of the American Revolution 243 years ago in 1775. We invite you to attend the Naturalization Ceremony; the candidates and family members will arrive around 9AM to register with the Immigrations Services Officer and be briefed about the upcoming ceremony. The actual ceremony will commence at 11AM, will last roughly an hour, and a Reception will follow. St. John’s re-enactors and well as DAR members dressed in Revolutionary War garb will be there to greet and congratulate the new citizens and their family members. There will be ample opportunities to take photos in the church after the court proceedings are adjourned, outside the Church, in the Parish House during the Reception, as well as interview the new citizens and their families. Please put this wonderful historical event on your calendars, let us know you are coming, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Speaking personally, I became an American citizen April of 2001 and it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I got to stand with my fellow new citizens in a small room in New Jersey as “God Bless America” played in the background and we all recited the Pledge of Allegiance with our naturalization papers. I was lucky and proud to be able to vote and represent this country that I love. So I know how important this moment will be tomorrow at St. John’s tomorrow. What an awesome venue to become a citizen. From Amy Swartz, Preservation and Programs Director at St. John’s Church Foundation